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
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 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
New survey results of the state’s home care workforce reveal that home care agencies, on average, are only able to retain three of the 18 workers typically hired over a three month period. Continue reading
Researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium found that ageism can be common in children, but kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against older adults. Continue reading
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.”
By Walter Leutz, Heller School, Brandeis University
What makes this a “healthy” community to grow old in? What could make it better? What do older adults do to be healthier and to make this a healthier community? Continue reading
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