Racial and ethnic discrimination has a significant impact on the health of people of color, affecting mental health and contributing to high blood pressure, negative health behaviors, and early aging, according to an issue brief released by the Commonwealth Fund. For Black older adults, the cumulative effects of race-related stress experienced over the course of a life can increase the risk for mental and physical health problems. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is working with the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) on their “Imagine 2050” long-range plan for the cities and towns in their region. Specifically, MHAC is assisting with community engagement to help ensure the plan is age- and dementia friendly. Continue reading
Created by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) with support from AARP, the Exploring Digital Equity Fact-Sheet Series consists of six PDF briefs. The reports examine the challenges still faced by millions of people — of all ages — in need of a reliable, effective and affordable way to get online.
This will be added to MHAC’s Digital Equity Resource page with a range of reports, research and case studies on how communities and stakeholders have addressed digital equity and older adults. Continue reading
In addition to the events listed below, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative reminds stakeholders and communities working to become more age and dementia friendly that May is National Older Americans Month. In a previous post, MHAC shared materials being promoted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help recognize the event.
The AARP Livability Index is a signature initiative of the Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions, including housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement.
Several Massachusetts communities, including Cambridge, Watertown and Belmont, are featured as high-scoring in different-sized cities.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly to consider the following funding opportunities: Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages our stakeholder network to check out the following upcoming events: Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission opened a process on how to prevent and eliminate digital discrimination to ensure that everyone has equal access to broadband internet access service.
The Notice of Inquiry starts the process of establishing a shared understanding of the harms experienced by historically excluded and marginalized communities, with the intent of making meaningful policy reforms and systems improvements. Continue reading
8 80 Cities, an organization based in Canada dedicated to enhancing parks, public spaces and mobility, in partnership with Woodgreen Community Services have come together to develop the Seniors Outdoor Activation Toolkit to support more outdoor programming, physical activity, and social connection opportunities for seniors. Continue reading