The Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Commonwealth provides a comprehensive look at the current activities and resources in place to support populations over 65 years old and those living with dementia and their caregivers.
It offers recommendations for building age- and dementia-friendly communities, identifies gaps in resources for this growing population and includes strategies to increase those supports.
- Download full report (PDF)
Direct Links to Appendices within Report
- Appendix 1: Maps (PDF)
- Appendix 2: Support Groups by City and Town (PDF)
- Appendix 3: Hospital-Based Dementia Programs (PDF)
- Appendix 4: Volunteer Driver Programs and Escorted Transportation (PDF)
Research and Funding
The report was funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The research was conducted by Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, Shuangshuang Wang, Bon Kim, and Natalie Pitheckoff from the Gerontology Institute of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Age- and Dementia Friendly Resources
- 2015 Healthy Aging Data Report – Community Profiles (MHAC website)
- Interactive Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities map (MHAC website)
- AARP MA (website)
- Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative (website)
- Better Together: A Comparative Analysis of Age- and Dementia-Friendly Communities (PDF)