The Federal Communications Commission today (5/12) kicked off the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will make available up to $3.2 billion worth of consumer discounts on broadband services and equipment like computers and tablets. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Advisory Council, established under Chapter 220 of the Acts of 2018, released the Massachusetts State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Continue reading
According to new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, nearly one in five older adults say their mental health has gotten worse since the pandemic began in March 2020, and an equal percentage say their sleep has suffered in that time too. More than one in four say they’re more anxious or worried than before the COVID-19 era, according to a new poll of people age 50 to 80. Continue reading
You are Invited to join the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series. Designed for the novice data user, the series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses identify data-driven solutions to challenges.
This Summit, taking place on July 13th, is on “Data About Persons with Disabilities and Aging Populations” and is a FREE Virtual Webinar which will explore these tabulations and how to access these statistics at local geographic levels. The webinar has limited spots, so be sure to register early. At the conclusion of this session, you will: Continue reading
With the launch of Equity in Aging from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, AARP Massachusetts and the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, we will be periodically sharing news, resources and upcoming events on the topic that may be of interest to our network of partners and stakeholders. Continue reading
Several communities in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, including many Massachusetts-based initiatives, pursued innovative outreach strategies, and deployed its volunteer corps, to assist in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. Continue reading
With the theme of Older Americans Month being “Communities of Strength,” the organization Changing the Narrative is taking the opportunity to promote positive and constructive language advanced by the Reframing Aging initiative.
We invite our stakeholders to see this blog post from Changing the Narrative on suggested words and phrases to use and others to avoid in addressing ageism. The following is a great starting point for those interested in learning more about Reframing Aging.
Given the choice, a sizable majority of the public would prefer to receive long-term care in a home setting as they age rather than move into a nursing home, according to a new study from The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and funded by The SCAN Foundation.
Overall, 88% percent of adults favor getting ongoing living assistance in their own home or in a loved one’s home. Just 2% would want to age in a nursing home and 10% prefer a senior community. Continue reading