Category Archives: Data and Reports

MA DPH Releases Updated Data on Falls Among Older Adults

As a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury in the U.S. and Massachusetts, falls remain an area of focus for the healthy aging community in terms of prevention and reducing health care costs. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued a Data Brief to update data on fatal and nonfatal fall-related injuries. Continue reading

New Study Available on Transportation Options for MA Older Adults

With the support of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute created a study of transportation options for older adults across Massachusetts, which will serve as a critical tool for aiding communities seeking to become Age- and Dementia Friendly.

This work was done to support the Governor’s Council to Address Aging and specifically a subcommittee of that group charged with bringing recommendations on transportation. Continue reading

Boston Food Resource Maps Aim to Provide Better Access to Healthy Meal Options

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Food Access has created food resource maps in six languages for each of the city’s neighborhoods with a goal of improving the availability to healthy eating options for all residents.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association highlighted the maps in a recent article in their “Community Corner” newsletter that promotes best practices and examples that other cities and towns can follow. The Healthy Aging Collaborative is recognizing the Boston Food Access Maps as a best practice specifically for Age-Friendly Communities. Continue reading

UMass Boston and LeadingAge Announce LTSS Research Center

A first-in-the-country research center is being established thanks to a partnership between LeadingAge and the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston.

According to an announcement from UMass, the LTSS Center @UMass Boston will “combine the expertise of applied and academic researchers with the unique perspectives of providers and consumers of long-term services and supports (LTSS). The center will conduct research aimed at transforming the way LTSS are financed, delivered, and experienced by older adults and their families.”

LeadingAge has posted an FAQ with details on the research center and a press release from the Gerontology Institute is available here.

Independence—It’s What Older People Want

Cross-posted from Health Affairs Blog
By Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the John A Hartford Foundation

We already know what older people want.  A study from the National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP, as well as other studies, confirm, time and again, that the vast majority of us want to live in our homes and communities as we age, and, if possible, to avoid dependence on others and institutionalization. Continue reading