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Join us for Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the State House, Sept. 19

The Massachusetts Falls Prevention Coalition is hosting the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the State House on September 19th with resources, live demonstrations and speakers sharing prevention methods and best practices.

The program will kick off at 10:00 am at the Grand Staircase and Great Hall of the State House. This is the 11th year the event is taking place and is especially timely with a recent release of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention citing an increase in deaths resulting from unintentional falls for adults 65 and older by almost 5% per year. Continue reading

Senior services symposium focuses on redefining housing for our aging population

Registration is now open for an upcoming senior services symposium to assist housing professionals, service providers, policy makers and others concerned about ensuring that older adults can actively age in community.

Older Adults, New Ground: Redefining Housing for Our Aging Population
Wednesday, October 4th
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Newbridge on the Charles | Dedham, MA

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn about best practices in the continuum of aging services in housing for low-income older adults.
  • Participate in workshops on relevant topics such as innovative partnerships in housing and services.
  • Learn how to advocate to help address the service and housing needs of aging adults.

Register now

Questions? Contact: OlderAdultsNewGround@EnterpriseCommunity.org

BBJ Viewpoint: New Approaches Needed to Address Workforce Challenges

An aging population means an aging workforce, but an Op-Ed in the Boston Business Journal explains how this is not so much a challenge as it is an economic benefit as well as a chance to reverse ageist attitudes.

Lydia Greene, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Tufts Health Plan, responded to an article from August 10th in the BBJ titled “Gray matters: An aging workforce has Mass. companies scrambling to deal with ‘silver tsunami’.” Greene begins by addressing the fact that an aging population and workforce is “an opportunity, not a natural disaster.”

Greene then points out the business case for older workers and a call for Massachusetts to lead the way for taking advantage of the positives that older workers bring.

“As a region, we are known for ingenuity and resourcefulness,” Greene writes. “Let’s lead the way in establishing age-friendly business practices to help us meet the needs of all generations.”

Enter Your Age- and Dementia Friendly Efforts for Mass Municipal Association Innovation Award

More and more cities and towns across the state are taking up Age- and Dementia Friendly commitments and now communities have a chance to be recognized by the Massachusetts Municipal Association for that work through the organization’s annual Innovation Awards.

Mass Municipal Association (MMA) criteria states that “any project or program that has been successfully implemented in your municipality and that may serve as a model for other communities could be considered innovative. Innovations should address a problem common to municipalities in Massachusetts in a new and different way. Innovative programs can be instituted in any area of local government.” Continue reading

Brandeis University Hosting Healthy Aging Conference

The Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) will host Adventures in Creative Retirement at Brandeis University on Sept. 9, 2017 with a focus on healthy aging and aging in community.

The all-day conference brings together dynamic thought leadership on issues facing a generation of Americans approaching retirement. Conference content will be grounded in research and evidence-based scholarship, offering participants different pathways for becoming engaged with three important themes within their lives: health and wellness, housing, and community. Continue reading