City and county leaders across the country are increasing volunteerism, making better use of public spaces, strengthening communities, saving money, and improving outcomes for residents of all ages by leveraging the assets of residents and connecting the generations. Continue reading
The nonprofit organization Hilarity for Charity – with support from AARP, Generations United, Memory Well, and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) – is announcing a writing contest for high school and college students from across the U.S. and Canada to pen the best profile of someone who is living with or who has passed from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Continue reading
By 2024, workers age 55 and older will represent 25% of the nation’s workforce, with the fastest annual growth rates among those aged 65-and-older.
This evolving workforce presents business owners and C-suite leadership with unprecedented challenges, an array of new risks and some unique opportunities. The 2019 Hiscox Ageism in the Workplace Study surveyed 400 U.S. full-time employees over the age of 40 to gain on-the-ground insights into the experience of age discrimination in the workplace. Continue reading
Please submit project concepts for work to be undertaken by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for the benefit of your municipality through our Technical Assistance Program (TAP).
Through this Call for Project Concepts, MAPC is soliciting ideas for projects that will commence in the winter/spring of 2020. Continue reading
Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) – Disability Housing Manager
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is seeking a proactive and results-driven professional to serve as the Disability Housing Manager. The selected candidate will assist in identifying and creating housing opportunities for people with disabilities and elders, including those transitioning from institutions to community-living or at risk of institutionalization. The Disability Housing Manager will work collaboratively across EOHHS agencies, and in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development and MassHousing to identify and explore housing opportunities for our disabled/elderly populations served. Continue reading
Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles that mention state and local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.
Check out the following articles from November and December 2019 on the momentum of this movement building across the state. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) was awarded a two-year grant for $175,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to support the development of additional age- and dementia-friendly communities in the Commonwealth. This is one of nine new community investments totaling nearly $1 million reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to policies and practices that support healthy aging.
“We value advocacy and leadership among older people,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “The organizations we are supporting demonstrate collaboration with state agencies and other community groups that spurs innovation and makes our communities better places to grow up and grow old.”
Massachusetts has emerged as a national leader in the age-friendly movement. The state was one of the first to earn the Age-Friendly state designation from AARP and 68 of its 351 cities and towns are working to ensure they are great places to grow up and grow old. Inclusing the regional collaborations, those efforts will benefit more than 100 communities. MHAC is a key resource in this work. This grant will support the development of strategic regional partnerships to promote local engagement and continued efforts to advance equity and inclusion.
“We are excited and grateful for the support of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, but also deeply appreciate that – beyond that – their partnership and leadership has been vital for advancing this collective work,” said MHAC Senior Director James Fuccione. “The state’s position as a leader in promoting and supporting inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities has come through collaboration and recognizing the amazing work already happening in our cities and towns.”
About Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $37 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older adults. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older adults and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.