Category Archives: Conferences

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

Caregiving NOW: A Network on the Web for Minnesota Caregivers

By Elizabeth Costello, JSI; Project Manager, www.mahealthyagingcollaborative.org

Just as websites and online communities like the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative can provide a platform for healthy aging professionals to engage, connect, and share information, they are also useful for other groups who can benefit from peer support, such as caregivers. Continue reading

Making the Case for Aging in Community at the ASA Conference

Cross-posted from Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
By Amy Schectman, President and CEO, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
I attended a wonderful American Society on Aging conference. I learned many things and reinforced my knowledge of other areas. At the session I co-led with Ruth Palombo from the Tufts Health Foundation, we asked attendees to offer their suggestion on what we presented as a conundrum for professionals in our field: Continue reading

A Healthy Aging Movement

By Michael Doonan, PhD, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Forum

Something exciting is happening. There is growing action, energy, and engagement of people and organizations to make Massachusetts a leader in healthy aging. The goal is nothing short of reducing isolation, banishing ageism, and promoting active and engaged lifestyles and opportunities throughout the lifespan. Continue reading

Purpose, Purpose, Purpose

AARP Life Reimagined

By Ruth Palombo, Senior Health Policy Officer, Tufts Health Plan Foundation
I just got back from a wonderful conference on positive aging sponsored by the Institute for the Ages in Sarasota, FL. My mind is still swirling. One theme that so many of the speakers addressed was purpose – having a reason to get up every day. It seems so simple, but often we become very distracted and lose sight of what is important and what matters most in our lives. Continue reading