MassDOT has announced a new round of the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program, which is now open for applications. All municipalities and transit authorities in the Commonwealth are eligible to apply.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased that MassDOT has maintained bonus points for proposals that include and consider older adults. Continue reading
The Baker Administration announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st. The Administration will also relax the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings, effective April 30th.
Communities working to become more age and dementia friendly may take note of these changes as it impacts activities and plans that involve older adults.
Through their tireless support and love, family caregivers help thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities live and thrive in their communities. However, the joys and rewards of family caregiving are met equally with challenges that can impact their health and wellbeing – and caregivers have faced unprecedented challenges during the past year. Many transitioned to providing a greater intensity of care during the pandemic, all while juggling work-from-home and new routines without access to pre-pandemic supports.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to help announce and promote the launch of the new Caring for the Caregiver monthly webinar series, hosted by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mass Home Care, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to promote the following upcoming events and opportunities to help create inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities. Continue reading
Creative placemaking is an approach that deeply engages the arts, culture, and creativity—especially from underrepresented communities—in planning and designing transportation projects to better reflect and celebrate local culture, heritage, and values. Continue reading
Thanks to our partners at MassMobility for highlighting the following funding opportunities focused on transportation. For more recent funding alerts, see our previous posts here. Continue reading
For age-friendly community coalitions and stakeholders engaged in housing issues, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a new funding mechanism to disburse state and federal funding resources for tenants and landlords to avoid evictions and maintain household stability throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative launched ‘Equity in Aging‘ in a kickoff webinar that featured resources and along with age- and dementia friendly community-based work addressing disparities for diverse older adults. Continue reading
As individuals approach their 60s, they face the important decision about when to start claiming Social Security retirement benefits. A report by Philip Armour and David Knapp of the RAND Corporation – shared via AARP’s Public Policy Institute – examines the characteristics of those who decide to start collecting at the early eligibility age (EEA) of 62 compared with those who wait until later.
A companion report, “The Consequences of Claiming Social Security Benefits at Age 62,” asks what financial consequences the decision to collect early might have for the individual over time. Continue reading