Monthly Archives: November 2021

Ariadne Labs Develops Workbook for Caregivers and People with Serious Illness

Developed by Ariadne Labs in collaboration with The Conversation Project, the “What Matters to Me Workbook” is designed to help people with a serious illness get ready to talk to their health care team about what is most important to them.

As the resource explains, the Workbook is not about making specific medical
decisions, but rather “thinking about what matters most to you — and sharing your goals and preferences with your health care team.” Continue reading

AARP Partners with Lowe’s on ‘Livable Homes’ Initiative to Promote Safety and Accessibility Modifications

A new collaboration between AARP and home improvement chain Lowe’s, called the Lowe’s Livable Home initiative, aims to provide strategies and information to help make living spaces more accessible for everyone and allow older adults to stay in their homes safely and comfortably as they age.

The two-year collaboration offers information and guidance, including blog articles and videos, around home improvement and design techniques to support older adults and family caregivers as they reimagine their homes for the next stage of life. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association Offering Dementia Awareness Training for First Responders

Communities working to become more age and dementia friendly can invite their local first responders to join the Alzheimer’s Association for an upcoming training in becoming Dementia-Friendly as part of your city, town or regional initiative.

The goal of this training, titled “Understand, Approach & Respond: Effective Interventions for First Responders in Working with People and Families Living with Dementia,” is to educate Fire and EMS personnel on the impact that Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias may have on individuals and communities. Continue reading

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Initial Report to Congress Now Available

On November 16, 2021, appropriately during National Family Caregiving Month, the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren released its initial report to Congress.

This report outlines the joys, challenges, gaps, and unmet needs faced by kin and grandparent caregivers. It also describes federal programs currently available to assist them and provides 22 recommendations for better supporting kinship families and grandfamilies. Those recommendations are broken into five key areas below: Continue reading

Age-Friendly University Work Strengthened with Tools for Advancing Age-Inclusivity in Higher Education

With support from AARP, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and its Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) designed a toolkit to provide resources to
advance age inclusivity in institutions of higher education.

The suite of tools can be used by faculty, students, administrators, and other campus leaders, but MHAC encourages age- and dementia friendly communities to also use the resource to help partner with local colleges and universities. Continue reading

Pandemic’s Impact on Chelsea and the City’s Response, Including Older Adults, Highlighted in New Report

The City of Chelsea was featured among six communities in a report conducted by FSG and promoted by the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and Executive Office of Elder Affairs on pandemic response that supported older adults. Now, a new report by the community-based organization GreenRoots goes into detail about why the city was hit hard by COVID-19, but also how collaboration and inclusion propelled the city to come together and respond collectively. Continue reading