Category Archives: Conferences

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

UMass Hosting Summit to Link Behavioral Health and Aging Services

With support from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute is hosting a summit focused on building better collaboration between behavioral health providers and aging services.

Featured speakers include Elder Affairs Secretary Alice Bonner, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health Joan Mikula, and State Representative Denise Garlick who co-chairs the legislature’s Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery. Rep. Garlick is formerly the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. Continue reading

MA Healthy Aging Collaborative Receives Award from Dept. of Public Health

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative accepted the Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at the annual Ounce of Prevention Conference at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 28th.

Each year, the Department of Public Health recognizes a Massachusetts coalition/partnership for collaborative work to create healthier and more equitable communities. This is the second year in a row a Tufts Health Plan Foundation grantee was selected for this award. Age-Friendly Berkshires was honored last year. 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

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

Lasell College first college to join international Age-Friendly University Initiative

Cross-posted from Lasell College

Lasell College in Auburndale is the first college or university in MA to join the international Age-Friendly University Initiative. This effort is led by leaders at Dublin City University to highlight the role higher education can play in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population. Continue reading

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

Making Aging Sexy: Highlights from the MCOA 2014 Conference

By Angel Bourgoin, Consultant, JSI 

This year’s Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) fall conference was a great success. Bringing together Councils on Aging, municipal agencies, researchers, and other partners in Falmouth, Mass. on October 8-10, the conference was a vibrant discussion on the important issues and opportunities in improving the lives of older adults. Joanne Moore, president of the MCOA Board of Directors, praised the conference’s presenters and staff, saying “Our 600+ engaged learners went back to their Senior Centers renewed, excited, and bubbling with ideas!” Continue reading