By 2060, almost a quarter of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older. Healthy People 2030 focuses on reducing health problems and improving quality of life for older adults.
This month, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts released its findings from Phase I of the Social Prescription Pilot Program, which launched in January 2020 in Springfield and Berkshire County. Continue reading
Racial discrimination experienced over the course of a life has a devastating cumulative effect on older Black adults.
Gerontologists at the University of Massachusetts Boston have spent years studying the many racial disparities that impact the daily lives of older Black adults. The Gerontology Institute asked faculty members to write briefly about their work and they did more than simply describe the devastating evidence. Continue reading
Councils on Aging (COAs) are considered the “front door” of services and supports for older residents and those who care for them. They provide a wide range of programs and services, designed to meet the varied needs and interests of a diverse older population.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, councils on aging have had to adapt significantly to continue the important work they do on behalf of older adults in the community. Continue reading
A recent report by researchers from the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute examines these consequences for the older population in Massachusetts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront common obstacles experienced by older people, and also exacerbated challenges related to income, housing, nutrition, medical care, and emotional wellbeing. The work of community organizations meant to meet the needs of older adults is more critical than ever during this public health crisis.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative also believes this points to the importance of creating and advancing age-and dementia friendly communities as well. Continue reading
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), on behalf of a team that includes the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, submitted to AARP Massachusetts the Commonwealth’s Age- and Dementia-Friendly Year One Progress Report detailing the tremendous work of so many communities and organizations throughout Massachusetts. Continue reading
In partnership with the AARP Livable Communities Team, Main Street America is launching a series of briefs to explore the benefits of open streets programs, outline a set of priorities local leaders should consider when implementing these initiatives, and provide examples of open streets projects in two Main Street communities. Continue reading
Learning from New State Initiatives in Financing Long-Term Services and Supports, a 48-page report detailing findings from the analysis, was developed in partnership with Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. A 12-page Executive Summary is also available. Continue reading
The Administration on Community Living (ACL) released the latest Profile of Older Americans, which is an annual summary of the available statistics related to the older population in the United States. Principal sources of data are the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading