In partnership with municipalities, housing authorities, nonprofits, and private entities, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is working to address issues related to the barriers to accessing and using the internet (otherwise known as the Digital Divide) within these communities.
Responses to an “Digital Navigator Program” RFI issued by MAPC will assist the regional planning agency in building capacity within local communities to support residents in improving their lives through the use of digital technology and the Internet. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities and stakeholders in the age-and dementia friendly movement to participate so that older adults are represented. Continue reading
As the population of older adults in the United States grows, alongside an increasing recognition of the salience of social determinants of health, the value of a public health approach to supporting the well-being of older adults is clear, according to an issue brief from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Continue reading
Older adults are invited to join neighborhood Joy Walks walking clubs and participate in the Joy Walks Challenge taking place September through October. Continue reading
The Baker Administration announced plans to implement a vaccine mandate for long-term care (LTC) staff to strengthen infection control and protect vulnerable residents. COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective method for preventing infection and serious illness from the virus, and staff at long-term care facilities and other health care providers serving vulnerable populations are critical in efforts to protect older residents. Continue reading
Periodically, the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative shares funding opportunities that help communities become more age- and dementia friendly.
Thanks once again to our partners at MassMobility for highlighting the following grant programs: Continue reading
Building on efforts to enhance access to natural resources and recreational opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth, the Baker Administration recently announced nearly $4 million in grant funding to support 52 trail projects across the Commonwealth as part of the MassTrails Grant Program. Continue reading
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has announced its fifth annual photo contest with a theme of “Celebrating Diversity in Transportation.” The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become age-and dementia friendly to submit photos that highlight caregivers and diverse older adults. Continue reading
The COVID-19 pandemic may have increased older adults’ risk of falling and injuring themselves, due to changes in physical activity, conditioning and mobility, a new national poll suggests. Continue reading
For the fifth annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP received more than 3,500 applications from nonprofits and government entities, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.
Nearly $3.2 million is being distributed to fund 244 quick-action projects across the country, helping urban, rural and suburban communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
Massachusetts communities brought home four of the awardees of the nationwide program, which are listed below. Continue reading
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin to states’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies reaffirming that the 2019 Public Charge Final Rule – “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” – is no longer in effect and states should encourage their eligible immigrant populations to access public benefits related to health and housing. Continue reading