The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). To address them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a COVID-19 toolkit with communication resources explaining in plain language how people with IDD and caregivers can protect themselves from the virus. Continue reading
The Baker Administration announced plans to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff at rest homes, assisted living residences (ALRs), hospice programs, as well as for home care workers (HCWs) providing in-home, direct care services.
The plan to expand the vaccine requirement for caregivers is subject to Public Health Council (PHC) approval and is part of the Administration’s continued effort to protect older adults against COVID-19. Last month, the Administration announced a vaccine requirement for employees of skilled nursing facilities. Continue reading
In light of the arrival of new immigrants from Afghanistan, the National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) has collected and shared resources for advocates to help deliver trauma-informed services and better understand eligibility issues, available services, and asserting language access rights. Continue reading
For age-friendly communities working to support local older veterans or work with community-based veterans’ agents, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is highlighting a need for attention to service members, Veterans, military-connected families, and caregivers who may be feeling a wide range of emotions as the tragic events unfold in the fall of Afghanistan. Continue reading
Mass Cultural Council funds and manages a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) across the state, representing every city and town in the Commonwealth. Each council awards money based on individual community cultural needs, assessed and set by council members. Applicants apply directly to local councils. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly to consider the following funding opportunities: Continue reading
Results from a 50+ voter survey conducted by AARP reiterates a preference from caregivers and older adults to receive care at home, but also reveals an array of interesting stats like who defines themselves as family caregivers and what caregivers spend their money on for their loved ones.
The Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH released their September calendar of virtual events that offer support and guidance to caregivers and people living with dementia, but those working to advance age- and dementia friendly communities may be interested to help inform action and awareness. Continue reading