Monthly Archives: December 2022

MHAC 2022 Year in Review

Thanks to our statewide, cross-sector network of partners and support from Point32 Health Foundation, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative continues to work to address the unique age- and dementia friendly needs, context and opportunities within communities, regions and Massachusetts as a state. Continue reading

New Resource from NADTC Helps Transportation Providers Address the Needs of Older Passengers with Vision Loss

Developed with transportation providers in mind, a new guide from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) and the American Foundation for the Blind provides resources and information on understanding aging and vision loss, possible solutions to transportation challenges, travel training and orientation and what transportation providers can do to better serve older riders with vision loss.

A companion training resource for drivers is also available on their website.  Continue reading

MHAC Sends Feedback to the Healey-Driscoll Transition Team on Advancing Healthy Aging

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) and it’s statewide network compiled policies, programs and examples from our collective age- and dementia friendly efforts for a letter being submitted to the incoming Governor’s administration of Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll.

The newly elected administration assembled several transition committees focused on different topic areas such as housing, transportation and “safe and healthy communities for all ages.” MHAC’s letter organized its input under each Transition Committee topic area. Continue reading

MHAC Recognized as an Age-Friendly Public Health System Champion

Through its Age-Friendly Public Health Systems (AFPHS) initiative, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) prioritizes the public health roles in healthy aging and encourages all state and local public health departments to make healthy aging a core function. TFAH also recognizes “champions” that work to understand the initiative through a series of trainings. Recently, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Public Health Systems Champion for completing these trainings. Continue reading

NCOA Launches COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Initiative with $50 Million from ACL

Backed by $50 million from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is launching a grant program that will provide both funding and technical assistance to hundreds of diverse community-based organizations, enabling them to conduct tailored outreach, host vaccine clinics, and offer services many older adults need to get vaccinated, such as transportation and assistance in scheduling appointments. Continue reading

US HHS Emphasizes Addressing Disparities and Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the annual release of the Department’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2022 Update – PDF. Through the National Plan, HHS and its federal partners work to improve the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) research, support people living with dementia and their caregivers, and encourage action to reduce risk factors. Continue reading

Healthy Places by Design, AARP-Mass., UMass-Boston and John Hancock Announce ‘Activating Boston’ Pilot Project

John Hancock, the City of Boston, AARP Massachusetts, UMass Boston, and Healthy Places by Design have announced the recipients of the “Activating Boston grant” – a new pilot program investing in the creation of more accessible, age-inclusive outdoor spaces that strengthen community connection, health and well-being.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative was involved in the initiative planning as part of the Coalition to End Loneliness and Build Community. Continue reading