The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has updated their interactive Trailmap, the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of biking and walking trails in Massachusetts.
This new-and-improved version of Trailmap allows users to search by address to find trails near them and provides easy access to detailed maps of foot trails, bicycle facilities, and multi-use paths. Users can see all existing paths and toggle on maps showing paths that are in development. This can be a useful planning and assessment tool for age- and dementia friendly communities seeking to improve access to such outdoor transportation and recreational opportunities. Continue reading
The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative is dedicated to embedding access, equity and inclusion into the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement gaining momentum across the state.
As such, MHAC is proud to pass along “Building Inclusive Communities: A Guidebook for Advancing Health Equity in the MetroWest Region” from the MetroWest Health Foundation. Continue reading
The term “placemaking” refers to the work of improving a particular public space or overall area to make it more of a destination and shared gathering place.
The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit was created by AARP and Team Better Block to inform a broad audience of local leaders, policymakers, advocates and neighborhood residents about the many ways temporary projects can inspire positive community change. Continue reading
Coming off the heels of a toolkit developed by the Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mass. Business Roundtable and the Mass. eHealth Institute to help Massachusetts employers better support caregivers in the workplace, the AARP Family Caregiving Team and Public Private Strategies (PPS) partnered to created a website providing more resources and guidance on the issue. Continue reading
A new survey and report by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) reveals an untold story about the nation’s opioid epidemic—how the crisis is eroding the quality of life of older adults and the ability of local organizations to serve them. Continue reading
As reported in the Boston Globe, an updated Elder Economic Insecurity report finds more than six out of ten older adults in Massachusetts living alone, and three out of ten living in two-person households, cannot afford the basic necessities of life such as food,
housing, and health care. Continue reading
Leaders from business, health care, education and state government launched a new “Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition,” a collaboration that includes businesses from diverse industry sectors working with the state to assess and address the needs of unpaid family caregivers in Massachusetts. The group’s launch this week is marked by the release of a Massachusetts State of Care Report and Employer Toolkit, which highlight research and best practices for employers to support working family caregivers. Continue reading
For any Age- and Dementia Friendly Community advocating for intergenerational shared spaces and programming, a new report called “All In Together: Creating Spaces Where Young and Old Thrive” by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation provides some useful tools and examples from across the country. Continue reading
According the the Milken Institute, the urban landscape already holds resources—human, organizational, and technological—that can transform aging lives. From intergenerational mixed-use neighborhoods to smart city technologies and integrated housing and healthcare models, there is progress. But too many local leaders still overlook the connection between aging policies and their cities’ vitality and sustainability.
“Age-Forward Cities for 2030” is intended by Milken Institute to offer examples for our urban future. By integrating population aging into strategies for growth, inclusion, and resiliency, cities can implement solutions that will strengthen how we grow, build, and care for generations to come. Continue reading
Housing inequality is becoming increasingly evident among older Americans as the number of older households climbs to unprecedented levels, according to Housing America’s Older Adults 2019, a new report being released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.