During 2021, the Alliance for Digital Equity conducted an assessment of the digital divide and digital equity with over 100 organizations in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties of Massachusetts. Combined with recent census data, the assessment led to a report providing community-level insight into challenges facing those communities with lessons for communities across Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a member of the Alliance for Digital Equity and contributed to the report, which includes examples of digital equity programs and practices that support older adults. Continue reading
A new AARP report titled “The Economic Impact of Age Discrimination” estimates that the U.S. economy stands to lose as much $850 billion due to ageist hiring practices, workforce culture, and a lack of focus on retention of older workers, among other factors. Continue reading
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, caregivers, particularly persons with both parenting and adult caregiving responsibilities, will continue to face mental health challenges, and the need for caregivers is projected to increase as the U.S. population ages.
Age and dementia friendly community initiatives may consider how to be inclusive of caregiver needs when engaging residents for feedback and when crafting an action plan. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative’s Equity in Aging Committee, including AARP Massachusetts and the Public Health Institute of Western MA, is continuing its series of webinars with the Diverse Elders Coalition titled, “Caring for Those who Care.” Continue reading
Misperceptions and stigma about dementia are hindering efforts to appropriately address brain-healthy behaviors among adults 40 and older, a recent AARP survey found. Continue reading
As members of the state’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board (MABPAB), the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative along with our partners at WalkBoston had an opportunity to provide initial input to an update to MassDOT’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Plan.
The Bicycle Transportation Plan and Pedestrian Transportation Plan explain how Massachusetts will work to increase the percentage of everyday trips made by biking and walking, while working to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries at the same time. Continue reading
New estimates from the 2020 Elder Index, developed by UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute, illustrate the elevated risk of economic insecurity experienced by older women, especially those living alone. Continue reading
At a time of increasing interest in walking and bicycling for transportation and recreational purposes, improving safety, access, and comfort for these modes on the parkways of metro Boston represents an opportunity to dramatically expand the regional greenway network. Continue reading
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series, designed for the novice data user, will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses identify data-driven solutions to challenges. Communities working to become age and dementia friendly may find an upcoming data summit useful. Continue reading
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) released a publication called “Assisting Passengers with Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” which provides information, tips and resources for bus operators assisting passengers with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
This resource is useful for any age-and dementia friendly community working with regional transit authorities or other local bus or van operators.