According to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, one out of 10 MassHealth members is age 65 or over and, while most of those older adults also have Medicare coverage, most live in non-facility settings in their communities. Continue reading
Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack recently joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, local officials, and transportation advocates at a groundbreaking event in Natick to release the State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan and to celebrate the start of construction on the latest segment of the Cochituate Rail Trail.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative has promoted community benefits support provided by Massachusetts hospitals and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) as a potential Age- and Dementia Friendly Funding opportunity. According to reports recently published by Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, the state’s hospitals and HMOs distributed $800 million across Massachusetts in fiscal year 2018. Continue reading
MetroCommon 2050 is Greater Boston’s next long-range plan, and it’s under development now led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Fresh off of a months-long public process to understand the future residents want for the region, including an input session with the Healthy Aging Collaborative Advisory Council, MAPC is sharing the goals that emerged from that work. Continue reading
The desire to remain in our homes and communities as we age is nearly universal, and good ideas have no borders. As the world’s population gets permanently older, there is a growing need for safe, supportive housing and housing-related services and arrangements to promote health, prevent injury, delay the need for institutional care, reduce social isolation, and build intergenerational connection and stronger families and communities. Continue reading
Americans are reaching across generations for meaningful friendships, a new AARP survey finds.
Although it’s most common to socialize with peers, 37% of adults say they have a close friend who is at least 15 years older or younger than they are. The connections vary somewhat by generation. Gen Xers are most likely to have a close friend from another generation, with 41% reporting having such friendships, compared to 39% of Boomers and 32% of Millennials. Continue reading
A letter published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that the number of fall deaths among U.S. adults aged 75 years or older almost tripled from 2000 to 2016. The study analyzed nationally representative vital statistics data and found that the rate of fall deaths increased among all age groups, but increased the most among the oldest age group. Continue reading