Monthly Archives: November 2019

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards Mini-Grants to Build on Local Momentum, Support Healthy Aging

Forty community-based organizations each will receive a Momentum Fund mini-grant of up to $10,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Now in its second year, the fund was established to foster promising ideas and support cities and towns in their efforts to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old. This is the first year Connecticut nonprofits will receive Momentum Fund mini-grants. Continue reading

‘Good Talk Toolkit’ Released to Aid Advanced Care Planning

Based on public messaging research, the Massachusetts Coalition on Serious Illness Care developed the Good Talk Toolkit to be a resource that supplements your organization’s capacity to build awareness and understanding for advance care planning.

The messaging and campaign are intended to shift the frame of advance care planning away from “end of life” and “life-sustaining treatment choices” towards goals of care, quality of life and shared decision making thus also bringing it into closer alignment with palliative care principles. Continue reading

MassMobility: Transportation Pilots and Projects in Cape Ann, Merrimack Valley, Brookline

Building on a resource developed with our partners at MassMobility that shares examples of Age- and Dementia Friendly transportation across the state, more approaches to improving transportation options are always emerging.

Here are a few such examples highlighted in the recent MassMobility newsletter: Continue reading

New “Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition” Launched by Leaders in Business, Health Care, Education & Government

Leaders from business, health care, education and state government launched a new “Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition,” a collaboration that includes businesses from diverse industry sectors working with the state to assess and address the needs of unpaid family caregivers in Massachusetts. The group’s launch this week is marked by the release of a Massachusetts State of Care Report and Employer Toolkit, which highlight research and best practices for employers to support working family caregivers. Continue reading

AARP: Pop-Up Recipes for Parklets and Bike Lanes

Bicycle lanes and parklets are fun, easy and popular pop-up projects. There are many ways to create a demonstration bike lane. Parklets — which are essentially parking spots for people rather than cars — can be created with little more than paint, plywood and some decorative accessories.

This photo album is an excerpt from The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit, a free publication by AARP and the planning and design firm Team Better Block, to be released on December 4. Continue reading

Baker Administration Proclaims November 2019 as Family Caregivers Month

In support of the more than 844,000 Massachusetts residents who provide frequent or daily care to their family members, the Baker-Polito Administration has proclaimed November 2019 as Family Caregivers Month in the Commonwealth.

Online Resources to Support Family Caregivers:

The Commonwealth offers a number of services to help caregivers. This Mass.gov topic page linked below brings together a number of state health and social services in one place to help caregivers find the information they need, based on their unique situation:

Mass.Gov Topic Page on Caregiving

The Family Caregiver Support Program provides advice and support through the services of Caregiver Specialist for residents caring for an older family member, a relative with a disability, or an older relative caring for a child. Caregiver Specialists serve at regional aging services agencies that cover every community in Massachusetts:

The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program (Mass.gov/Caregiver)

The page linked below includes caregiving tips and resources that caregivers may need for providing care both at home and in other settings:

Caregiver Tips and Information

The majority of family caregivers work full or part-time jobs in addition to their caregiver responsibilities, and many employers are finding creative ways to support their employees. This web page below provides employers resources on how to make the workplace more welcoming for caregivers.

Caregiving Information for Workplaces

In addition to online resources, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs also supports MassOptions, an aging and disability information, and referral call center. MassOptions is a free service that helps older residents, people with disabilities, and caregivers connect with support services in their area. The service can be reached Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, by calling toll-free 1-844-422-6277.