In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster is now available to individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine.
These residents are eligible to receive their Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to pass along the following grant opportunities that support inclusive age- and dementia friendly community efforts.
You can see previous posts about funding opportunities here. Continue reading
MetroBridge embeds real-world projects for municipalities and community organizations into courses at Boston University, enlisting students and faculty as allies in addressing real issues confronting our region. Age- and dementia friendly community coalitions have an opportunity to engage and receive support from BU students in their efforts.
BU invites local governments and community-based organizations to submit their own original project ideas or select one based on a menu of project ideas. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing created a video using both audio and sign language to promote their extensive list of services and supports available to residents across the state.
This video could be beneficial for age-friendly communities looking to engage deaf and hard-of-hearing residents and further promote valuable information. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (MDTC) is recognizing Lifeline Awareness Week by sharing important information about two federal benefit programs that are available to help keep households connected to affordable telecommunications services—the Lifeline Program and the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program. Continue reading
Released last year as an experimental data product, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) garnered so much interest among public and government agencies that the Census Bureau decided to offer it regularly — with tweaks based on user feedback — to help decision-makers plan how to best serve their community.
The Census Bureau defines “community resilience” as the capacity of individuals and households to absorb, endure, and recover from the health, social, and economic impacts of a disaster such as a hurricane or pandemic. Continue reading
As part of continuing efforts to identify transportation access, usage and disparities that impact diverse groups, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched a national equity, diversity and inclusion transportation survey.
The survey gauged opinions and obtain information from a representative sample of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. Continue reading
Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) Municipal Engagement Initiative seeks to build support for affordable housing production in communities across the Commonwealth, which presents an opportunity for age-friendly communities or regions. Continue reading
Most older adults are not using tax-advantaged savings accounts to save for future health expenses, a new poll of people age 50 to 80 suggests, and those who do are more likely to have high incomes and education levels, and to be in good health and under Medicare eligibility age. Continue reading
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 99% of Massachusetts residents age 65 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading