The state legislature’s Joint Committees on Public Health and Elder Affairs hosted an informational hearing titled “Alzheimer’s and Dementia as a Healthcare Crisis” with expert panels that included state officials, caregivers, researchers and statewide provider organizations. Continue reading
At its 35th anniversary annual conference, held in Boston, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) presented the GIA Diversity Award for 2017 to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Jackie Jenkins-Scott, a member of the board of directors of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and former president of Wheelock College, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its grantees.
Ms. Jenkins-Scott observed, “A key tenant of our work is honoring the community and meeting them where they are. This includes listening, following and doing what is needed to ensure their success.” Continue reading
Massachusetts was the source for 40 applications to AARP’s Community Challenge grant program and, although two were chosen by the national organization, AARP’s state office has announced four additional grant recipients. Continue reading
Communities across the state are finding creative ways of supporting older adults and all residents to remain healthy and independent. The following article is republished with permission from the October 2017 issue of The Beacon, a publication of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns.
Ashland has created a tax relief fund and is seeking donations from residents to provide assistance to elderly and disabled residents on fixed incomes who face rising property tax bills.
SeniorCare Inc, an aging and disability service organization serving nine North Shore communities , will be hosting a series of community forums to spark conversation about how the Cape Ann area can become more age- and dementia friendly. Continue reading
For the first time since 1998, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is updating the state’s Pedestrian Plan, which aims to improve conditions for walkability throughout the Commonwealth.
As part of that refresh, MassDOT has released a draft Municipal Resource Guide that has been developed based on stakeholder feedback throughout the planning process. That feedback process will continue as MassDOT is accepting public comments on this draft resource guide by October 31st. Continue reading
Grantmakers in Aging recently kicked-off a webinar series to to encourage greater philanthropic engagement in age-friendly efforts across the country.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative joined New Hampshire’s Endowment for Health to present from the perspective of a backbone organization coordinating Age-Friendly efforts and also a funder that is dedicated to backing and advancing the movement. Continue reading