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Town of Lenox on the Move

The following is posted with permission from WalkBoston and written by Gwen Miller who is the Land Use Director and Town Planner for Lenox, MA. This article was featured in WalkBoston’s October 2017 newsletter.

Lenox, in the Berkshires, has just over 5,000 residents. It is largely rural with a small downtown, parks, public art, great restaurants, Tanglewood, and The Mount/Edith Wharton’s Home. In Lenox, you get the small-town vibe but big-city culture.  Continue reading

MHAC Offers Comments on AGO Community Benefits Guidelines

Following a series of public meetings and listening sessions held across the state, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) will be working towards revised Community Benefits Guidelines for non profit acute care hospitals and health maintenance organizations with input from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading

National Poll on Healthy Aging Releases Report on Dementia Caregivers

With support from AARP, the University of Michigan launched the National Poll on Healthy Aging to help inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and senior advocates on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting Americans 50 years of age and older.

The project began in the Spring of 2017 and started issuing reports monthly on specific issues to highlight survey results, which are gathered multiple times throughout the year.

The latest of those reports focuses on Dementia caregivers and breaks down data on who caregivers are and their views on stress, whether their tasks are rewarding, and the health implications.

Here are some samples of the findings:

  • Nearly all of those surveyed (91%) felt that being a caregiver has made them think about their own potential needs for caregiving in the future.
  • One in four caregivers (27%) reported delaying or not doing things they should do for their health.
  • Overall, 27% of caregivers had used caregiving resources in the past year such as self-help resources, family therapy, classes or trainings, support groups, and/or respite care; 41% of those who had not used any caregiving resources indicated an interest in using them.

Bill Gates Investing $50 million in Alzheimer’s Research

Bill Gates revealed personal connections, the emotional costs, and a deep concern for the growing prevalence in Alzheimer’s as some of the reasons behind his personal investment of $50 million to help find a treatment for the disease.

In his blog, the billionaire ticked off the financial burdens Alzheimer’s brings to families and the healthcare system, and had some specific goals for what he hopes to accomplish with the financial support he has added to the fight. Continue reading

The Conversation Project Releases ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ Video

Discussing end-of-life care planning with loved ones is inherently difficult and not usually thought of as humorous, but the Conversation Project has released a video that finds the funny side of how people attempt to bring up the subject.

The video – called “Practice Makes Perfect” – features a handful of subjects speaking into the mirror to practice how they would start the conversation of end-of-life care with their family members. It starts out with some well-meaning, but awkward attempts to raise the issue. While it begins with humor, the video concludes with some of the “best practice” suggestions for more successful ways to broach the matter.

See the video below and visit the Conversation Project’s website for their helpful toolkits.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Caregiving Around the Clock” is the theme announced by the Caregiver Action Network for National Family Caregiving Month through November 2017.

The Caregiving Month webpage includes plenty of ways for organizations and providers to celebrate and raise awareness, and has tools and videos for caregivers themselves. As we work to promote an Age- and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts, the Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages support for caregivers and has helpful guides available on our Resource Library. Continue reading

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Wins the 2017 Grantmakers in Aging Diversity Award

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

Governor Baker Announces Intent to Add Age, Dementia Friendly to Community Compact

The Massachusetts Association for Councils on Aging hosted Governor Charlie Baker as their featured keynote speaker on the first day of their three-day conference and the Governor delivered a major victory for the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement during his remarks. Continue reading