Monthly Archives: February 2022

Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative invites stakeholders to check out the following upcoming events that help promote and support inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities. Continue reading

Greenfield, Mass. Project Featured in AARP Photo Album Highlighting Past ‘Community Challenge’ Grantees

As AARP continues to promote the Community Challenge Grant Program with an application deadline on March 22nd, the organization is also highlighting the creative past projects that have supported older adults.

In its recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities released a photo album called “Have a Seat” that displays all the places to sit in parks and on plazas, along hiking trails and at transit stops that have been funded by the Community Challenge Grant. Continue reading

Communities Can Apply for Housing Choice Designation to Receive Prioritization with State-Based Grant Programs

A Housing Choice Designation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts rewards communities that are producing new housing and have adopted best practices to promote sustainable housing development.

Communities that achieve the Housing Choice Community designation have exclusive access to apply for the Housing Choice Grant Program and receive bonus points or other considerations to certain state grant programs. Continue reading

Medicare Planning to Launch Coverage of Over-the-Counter COVID Tests

In addition to recent efforts to expand Americans’ access to free testing, people in either Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage will be able to get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost starting in early spring.

Under the new initiative, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to access up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month for free. Tests will be available through eligible pharmacies and other participating entities. This policy will apply to COVID-19 over-the-counter tests approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Continue reading