Category Archives: Data and Reports

COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 3/27-4/2

MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

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Rural Livability Workshop Report Released by AARP

According to AARP, America’s demographic future is showing up first in rural areas, where older residents form a greater proportion of the population than in urban or suburban areas.

One-quarter of all Americans age 65 or older live in small towns and rural communities. That percentage is growing, since the rural population is aging at a faster rate than the nation’s population as a whole.

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Updates and Info from Organizations, State Agencies Aid Coronavirus Response

State agencies and organizations are providing valuable information, updates and action in response to the coronavirus.

In addition to those updates from MHAC partners and organizations listed below, people can continue to visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for updates on the coronavirus. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association Shares Latest Data on Prevalence and Cost

Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation’s health care system, including the latest Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and costs of care data.  Continue reading

8-80 Cities Shares National Study of What Makes Successful Neighborhood Parks and Playgrounds

Everyone loves to see a beautiful park, but it turns out that nothing increases park use and
physical activity as much as programming— providing supervised activities to help people
make use of the space. The RAND Corporation and City Parks Alliance, with help from The Trust for Public Land, led a National Study of Neighborhood Parks to identify to what degree neighborhood parks in America’s cities encourage people to be physically active. Continue reading

CDC Reports Health Data of Informal Unpaid Caregivers

Informal, unpaid caregivers provide important support to family members, friends, and the health care system and might compromise their own health to provide this support. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled caregiving a public health issue of increasing importance and recently released data on the self-reported health status of informal unpaid caregivers. Continue reading

Mass. Health & Hospital Association Issues Statewide Report on Community Benefits

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Massachusetts hospitals provided $641 million in community benefits for residents of Massachusetts in Fiscal Year 2018. The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, for the first time, compiled the support provided to communities from local hospitals in a report titled “A Commitment to Community: 2020 Report Massachusetts Hospitals’ Community Benefit Initiatives.” Continue reading