All posts by MA Healthy Aging Collaborative

Aging in Places: About livability and age-friendliness

Cross-posted from Wicked Local Newton
By Marian Leah Knapp

More and more I hear talk about “Livable” and “Age-friendly” communities. I see these terms in newspapers, websites, blogs, and presentations. For many years, I have been intrigued by the ideas underlying these broad concepts. Interestingly, my very first article in the Newton TAB of April 6, 2010 was on the Meaning of Aging in Place. I quote myself: Continue reading

What does a dementia friendly Massachusetts look like?

By the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative web team

“What does it take?” That was the question attendees grappled with at the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Summit on Monday, May 9, 2016.What does it take to build a dementia friendly community—a community that is informed, safe and respectful, and enables people living with dementia and those who care about them to live full, engaged lives. Continue reading

Healthy Aging through Healthy Community Design

By the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

The concept of healthy aging through community design creates opportunities for municipalities to promote healthy aging by addressing the built environment. It also builds on the widely recognized “8 – 80” international movement, which recognizes the importance of establishing community design policies that provide for people of all ages.
Incorporating healthy aging principles that foster active living and access to healthy foods into community planning, land use and transportation decisions is critical to supporting healthy aging across the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Building America’s Most Age-Friendly City

Cross-posted from Age-Friendly Boston
By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Here in Boston, we are committed to making our city a place where everyone can succeed — of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. This is our guiding principle as we plan and build the future of our city. That’s why an essential goal of our citywide plan is to make sure the seniors who built our city can continue to thrive here. And it’s why I announced in my State of the City address last month that we are building a plan to make Boston the most age-friendly city in America. Continue reading

The Health Living Center of Excellence welcomes Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation as a new partner

By Jennifer Raymond, Director, Healthy Living Center of Excellence

Two Healthy Aging Collaborative members,  Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Hebrew SeniorLife, recently received a $49,187 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to support their collaboration on the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HCLE). The HCLE offers more than 14 evidence-based wellness, prevention and disease management programs statewide aimed at improved health outcomes and increased social engagement.

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New Age-Friendly Tool Kit

By Elizabeth Costello, MPH, MA Healthy Aging Collaborative web team

Is your community taking steps to become age-friendly? Do you plan to in the future? We are pleased to introduce a new website feature to support this work: The Healthy Aging Collaborative Age-Friendly Toolkit. Continue reading

White House Releases Final Report from 2015 Conference on Aging

On December 29, 2015, the White House released its final report from the July 2015 Conference on Aging. The conference focused on the issues facing Americans as they plan for retirement, care for older loved ones, and work to improve our quality of life as we age. Healthy aging was one of four policy topics, in addition to retirement security, long-term services and support, and elder justice. Continue reading