Category Archives: News and Updates

MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 7/3-7/9

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading

New Walk Audit Worksheets Available for Communities Working to Become Age-Friendly

The new AARP Walk Audit Worksheets are easy to print from home, easy to complete, and easy to use by anyone who want to make their community more livable and pedestrian-friendly for people of all ages. Each worksheet can be used on its own or in combination. Each can be printed anew for observing a different street or block. Continue reading

2020 Music and Brain Health Survey Results Released by AARP

Adults who engage in music are more likely to self-report their overall health, brain health, and cognitive function as excellent or very good, according to a new report by AARP. The findings come from the 2020 Music and Brain Health Survey, which included 3,185 U.S. adults ages 18 and older and weighted to include a balance of respondents by demographics. Continue reading

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Board Approves Additional Funding for Organizations Responding to Coronavirus

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation board approved an additional $900,000 to support recovery and rebuilding efforts addressing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. The Foundation’s commitment to COVID-19 response now reaches nearly $2 million. Continue reading

NACTO Releases ‘Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery’ Resource

As communities work to reopen and recover from COVID-19 and the appetite for re-imagining streets and public spaces improves, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released a resource displaying transportation and street design practices in response to the pandemic. Continue reading

Webinar: Including Older Adults in Transportation Planning

The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages age-friendly community stakeholders and organizational partners to join MassMobility and the Moving Maine Network for a peer learning webinar on inclusive transportation planning on July 23 from 1-2:30pm.

Attendees will hear from three initiatives – two in Massachusetts and one in Maine – that are working to increase the role that older adults and people with disabilities play in planning and implementing community transportation services. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassDevelopment, MassMobility, Dept. of Conservation & Recreation

The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative reminds age-friendly communities and other stakeholders that several opportunities exist around creating “shared streets and spaces,” as the state works to reopen amidst COVID-19. Please see our previous blog post for more information on this set of funding opportunities, as well as others to support communities for all ages below: Continue reading

Long Term Care Equality Index Promises to Provide Tools to Address Concerns of LGBTQ Residents

A joint effort between SAGE and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is resulting in the creation of the “Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI)”, which is intended to measure how well senior living communities address concerns of their LGBTQ residents through policies and procedures, staff training and other measures. Continue reading

MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 6/12-6/18

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading