All posts by James Fuccione

WebMD/JAHF Surveys Older Adults and Their Caregivers Highlights Opportunity of Community Collaboration

A new survey of more than 2,700 older patients and caregivers from The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) and WebMD assesses opinions on Age-Friendly Health Care, which require attention to what matters to the older person and their caregivers in order to ensure high-value care resulting in consumer satisfaction.

The good news is that 87% of the more than 2,700 respondents to the Driving Towards Age-Friendly Care for the Future survey of older adults and family caregivers report satisfaction with the care they have received in the past 12 months. This high satisfaction, however, has some caveats. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Boston Tenant Organizing Program

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) is pleased to  announce the availability of approximately $75,000 in funding for the Boston Tenant Organizing Program (BTOP).

This program, administered on behalf of the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, supports tenant organizing activities in privately owned multifamily rental projects located in the City of Boston. Continue reading

Milken Institute Highlights Massachusetts in ‘Age-Forward Cities’ Report

According the the Milken Institute, the urban landscape already holds resources—human, organizational, and technological—that can transform aging lives. From intergenerational mixed-use neighborhoods to smart city technologies and integrated housing and healthcare models, there is progress. But too many local leaders still overlook the connection between aging policies and their cities’ vitality and sustainability.

Age-Forward Cities for 2030” is intended by Milken Institute to offer examples for our urban future. By integrating population aging into strategies for growth, inclusion, and resiliency, cities can implement solutions that will strengthen how we grow, build, and care for generations to come. Continue reading

Pittsfield Placemaking Project Highlighted by AARP

In their recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities focused on cities that are “activating” their alleyways into vibrant community spaces that turn into more than a pass-through or a place people avoid.

In 2017, the community planning and design firm Team Better Block helped to reimagine a stretch of Tyler Street in Pittsfield. Continue reading

FRTA, Marlborough Piloting Transportation Options for Older Adults

Building on a report compiled by MassMobility and the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative with a variety of examples of age-friendly transportation from all regions of Massachusetts, more communities are piloting transit solutions for older adults.

Thank to MassMobility for continuing to highlight these initiatives in their newsletter.

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New Report Shows Widening Housing Inequality Among Older Adults

Housing inequality is becoming increasingly evident among older Americans as the number of older households climbs to unprecedented levels, according to Housing America’s Older Adults 2019, a new report being released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassDevelopment Relaunches Commonwealth Places

MassDevelopment is excited to announce the creative funding program, Commonwealth Places, in partnership with the crowdfunding platform Patronicity to help improve public spaces around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Commonwealth Places, a collaborative initiative from MassDevelopment and Patronicity, is a crowdgranting challenge program to activate new or distressed public places and community spaces. The program is open to municipalities and nonprofits to improve low- and moderate-income communities in Massachusetts.

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BC Center for Retirement Research Offers Grant and Fellowship on Retirement and Disability Projects

The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program and the annual Dissertation Fellowship Program in the field of retirement or disability research. The programs are funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for  doctoral candidates, junior or non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their Ph.D.) from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement or disability issues. Continue reading

MABVI and Innovate@BU Announce $10k Community Transportation Challenge

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (MABVI) and Boston University Innovate@BU have announced a partnership to develop a challenge open to BU students and alumni to solve community transit problems that will benefit society at large–and particularly for older adults and the blind and low vision community. Continue reading