Following a series of public meetings and listening sessions held across the state, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) will be working towards revised Community Benefits Guidelines for non profit acute care hospitals and health maintenance organizations with input from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading
Bill Gates revealed personal connections, the emotional costs, and a deep concern for the growing prevalence in Alzheimer’s as some of the reasons behind his personal investment of $50 million to help find a treatment for the disease.
In his blog, the billionaire ticked off the financial burdens Alzheimer’s brings to families and the healthcare system, and had some specific goals for what he hopes to accomplish with the financial support he has added to the fight. Continue reading
Discussing end-of-life care planning with loved ones is inherently difficult and not usually thought of as humorous, but the Conversation Project has released a video that finds the funny side of how people attempt to bring up the subject.
The video – called “Practice Makes Perfect” – features a handful of subjects speaking into the mirror to practice how they would start the conversation of end-of-life care with their family members. It starts out with some well-meaning, but awkward attempts to raise the issue. While it begins with humor, the video concludes with some of the “best practice” suggestions for more successful ways to broach the matter.
See the video below and visit the Conversation Project’s website for their helpful toolkits.
“Caregiving Around the Clock” is the theme announced by the Caregiver Action Network for National Family Caregiving Month through November 2017.
The Caregiving Month webpage includes plenty of ways for organizations and providers to celebrate and raise awareness, and has tools and videos for caregivers themselves. As we work to promote an Age- and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts, the Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages support for caregivers and has helpful guides available on our Resource Library. Continue reading
The state legislature’s Joint Committees on Public Health and Elder Affairs hosted an informational hearing titled “Alzheimer’s and Dementia as a Healthcare Crisis” with expert panels that included state officials, caregivers, researchers and statewide provider organizations. Continue reading
At its 35th anniversary annual conference, held in Boston, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) presented the GIA Diversity Award for 2017 to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Jackie Jenkins-Scott, a member of the board of directors of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and former president of Wheelock College, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its grantees.
Ms. Jenkins-Scott observed, “A key tenant of our work is honoring the community and meeting them where they are. This includes listening, following and doing what is needed to ensure their success.” Continue reading
Massachusetts was the source for 40 applications to AARP’s Community Challenge grant program and, although two were chosen by the national organization, AARP’s state office has announced four additional grant recipients. Continue reading
Communities across the state are finding creative ways of supporting older adults and all residents to remain healthy and independent. The following article is republished with permission from the October 2017 issue of The Beacon, a publication of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns.
Ashland has created a tax relief fund and is seeking donations from residents to provide assistance to elderly and disabled residents on fixed incomes who face rising property tax bills.