Monthly Archives: September 2019

Healthy Aging in Motion: New Resource from MHAC, MassMobility Highlights Transportation Examples and Creative Partnerships

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and MassMobility are partnering to help municipalities and organizations overcome transportation barriers – starting by recognizing the creative and effective work already underway in communities across the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Governor Baker, Advocates Celebrate Expanded Eligibility for Medicare Savings Program

Governor Charlie Baker joined Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and leaders of health care advocacy organizations on September 16th for a ceremonial signing of key sections of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget that aim to create health care savings for individuals and the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Travel Training and Aging Service Providers: Three Example

If you are interested in learning how agencies are supporting older adults in learning to use fixed-route public transit services such as the bus, please join MassMobility at an upcoming event at Greater Lynn Senior Services from 10:00am to noon on September 24th.

Attendees will hear from aging services providers that have incorporated travel instruction into their offerings. Travel instruction is the professional activity of helping older adults or people with disabilities learn the information and skills they need to ride fixed-route public transit independently and safely. Continue reading

Nearly 20 Communities Awarded Complete Streets Funding

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, and local officials in Springfield to announce funding awards totaling $5.1 million to eighteen communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program to support local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for people walking, biking, taking transit, and using other forms of transportation.

The Complete Streets program is also an opportunity for Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities looking for funding support to improve the physical environment of their city or town. For those communities interested in becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly that are receiving an award, this funding could be a good kick-start to a local initiative and help bring stakeholder together. Continue reading

National Institute on Aging Awards $53.4 Million to Brown University, Hebrew SeniorLife to Advance Dementia Research

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded a five-year grant expected to total $53.4 million to Brown University and Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) to lead a nationwide effort to improve health care and quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their caregivers. Continue reading

Intergenerational Symposium to be held at Lasell University

Are you purposefully bringing together people of different ages like older adults and youth? Would you like to start but you’re not sure how?

Attend the second annual Intergenerational Symposium: Developing Your Toolbox, coordinated by Bridges Together with the support of the Encore Boston Network and the Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies. Continue reading

Innovative Stable Housing Initiative Hosting ‘Idea Incubator’ Event

The Innovative Stable Housing Initiative (ISHI) is a pilot project funded by Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Determination of Need Community Health Initiative. The ISHI Upstream Fund resources support ideas that will make lasting changes in policies or systems to help residents find safe and healthy housing and help residents at risk of losing their home/apartment/housing.

Join Health Resources in Action in shaping a process that will give out almost $900,000 in grants to support housing policy and systems change in Boston.

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CDC Releases Spanish Language Infographics on Caregiving and Subjective Cognitive Decline

In concert with National Hispanic Heritage Month, CDC has released Spanish Language versions of Caregiving and Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) Infographics using 2015–2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.

The Spanish language infographics are available for national estimates and specifically for Hispanic adults. Continue reading

Boston MPO Accepting Comments on Human Services Transportation Plan

The Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will accept comments on the draft Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation (CPT–HST) Plan, also called the Coordinated Plan, (pdf) (html) until September 16, 2019.

The Coordinated Plan supports improved coordination of transportation for seniors and people with disabilities in the Boston region. This plan guides transportation providers who are developing proposals in the Boston region to request funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310 Program. To be eligible for funding, a proposal must meet a need identified in the Coordinated Plan. Continue reading