All posts by MA Healthy Aging Collaborative

White House Conference on Aging Hosts Regional Forum in Boston

By MA Healthy Aging Collaborative

On Thursday, May 28, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging hosted its fifth and final Regional Forum in Boston, MA. Older Americans, caregivers, advocates, national and community leaders, and experts convened to discuss the key issues facing older adults today. People across the country tuned in to the live webcast and joined the conversation via Twitter. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Tamy-Feé Meneide

Tamy-Feé Meneide serves on the Executive Task Force of the Multicultural Coalition on Aging. She recently joined the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee to help promote greater diversity and inclusion within the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Tamy-Feé Meneide is currently the clinical research diversity coordinator at the Harvard Aging Brain Study.
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Member Spotlight: Dr. Milagros Abreu

Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of the Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. (LHIP), and serves as a Chair on the committee for diversity of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the executive committee of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. She recently received the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.

You founded the Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP). What is the LHIP?
The LHIP is a nonprofit organization that was founded to address the issue of access to medical care for Latinos in Massachusetts. Latinos are among the most affected populations when it comes to lack of medical coverage. Continue reading

Three New Features in the 2015 Healthy Aging Data Report

By Beth Dugan, PhD, Associate Professor of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

I was proud and excited to present the work that the research team at the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston completed this year.  The 2015 Healthy Aging Data Report was released at the Building Age-Friendly Communities Summit, which was convened by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in partnership with The Boston Foundation. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Dr. Frank Caro

Dr. Frank Caro is co-founder of the Brookline Community Aging Network, a volunteer-driven organization with a mission to make Brookline a better place to grow old.

What is the Brookline Community Aging Network?
The Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) is a collaboration among Brookline residents, the Brookline Council on Aging, and a cluster of nonprofit organizations that are all concerned with the well-being of older people in Brookline. It’s part of an international effort, sometimes described as the Village Movement, which represents activities at the community level to make conditions favorable for older people to continue living successfully in those communities. Within the Village movement, BrooklineCAN is distinctive in its effort to be inclusive of all who are interested (membership is a nominal $25 per year), its emphasis on services already provided by Brookline’s Senior Center, its attention to Brookline as a whole as a good place for older people to live, and its reliance on volunteers. Continue reading

Nutrition for Older Adults: 5 Simple Tips for Healthier Eating

By Angel Bourgoin, PhD, Consultant, JSI

March is National Nutrition Month!

Healthy eating, together with physical activity, is important to leading a healthy lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, and nuts can also help reduce the risk of many health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

It’s important to remember that healthy eating is not about following a strict diet or depriving yourself of the foods that you love. The fact is that eating is fun! It’s an essential, enjoyable part of life.  Continue reading

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Cross-posted from Hebrew SeniorLife
By Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D., Hebrew SeniorLife

February is American Heart Health month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. This amazing organ needs to be protected and properly cared for to remain healthy for years to come. Continue reading

Patient Navigators: Creating a Healthier Community through Volunteering

By Malka Young, LICSW, Director of Community Impacts, JFS of Metrowest

The last time I saw the doctor; I drove into Boston, went through a maze of dark parking levels, backed into a narrow parking space, and traversed long corridors. I rushed, only to fill out my personal information forms that I had completed on previous visits and wait.  I marvel that individuals much older than me had to do this on their own before the Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest’s Patient Navigator Program started in late 2012. Continue reading

A Fall May Signify More Than Just an Accident

By John L. Brusch M.D., Associate Chief of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance

Falls are common among adults older than 65.  An estimated 14% of older adults in Massachusetts reported falling in the past three months. In about a third of these cases, they suffered an injury that needed medical care or restricted their usual activities for at least a day. Injuries from falling can include bruising, hip fractures, head trauma, or major lacerations. Sometimes complications from falls can be fatal— they are the fifth leading cause of death in older adults. Even the mere fear of falling can adversely affect elders, who may restrict their activities to avoid possible injury.  Such social isolation can lead to significant physical and emotional consequences. Continue reading