The “Caring for Those Who Care” webinar trainings, in partnership with the Diverse Elders Coalition, is halfway through the six-part series.
Please join us, AARP Massachusetts and the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., who serve as the co-chairs of MHAC’s Equity in Aging Committee, for the remaining webinars below: Continue reading
The Bus Network Redesign being conducted by the MBTA is a once-in-a-generation attempt to make bold improvements to the bus network for the people who depend on it most. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages our network to submit feedback to promote age- and dementia friendly design on the Bus Network Redesign survey. Continue reading
As of July 4th, over 34,000 Massachusetts households have enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become age-and dementia friendly to raise awareness about this program to help connect older adults to internet access.
The EBB provides eligible households with a temporary, monthly discount of up to $50 towards their broadband service. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Continue reading
Aging services staff and volunteers are invited to get involved in CarFit, a joint initiative of AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to promote older driver safety and mobility by assisting drivers in understanding how they fit in their vehicles and making adjustments to improve comfort and safety. Continue reading
The Baker Administration announced that Massachusetts residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their EBT SNAP benefits to buy fresh food and pantry staples online from a variety of participating stores for same-day delivery and pickup via Instacart, including Price Chopper, ALDI and newly added Hannaford and Stop & Shop.
Residents can shop for groceries from Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Price Chopper and ALDI via the Instacart online site and mobile app. Continue reading
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) was awarded a two-year grant of $175,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to continue to drive the state’s leadership in the age-friendly movement through collective action, convening, and community engagement. 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 is fortunate to have partners supporting mobility solutions that serve older adults and people living with disabilities. Below are a few updates from MassMobility and the Boston Age Strong Commission. 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
The Memory Café Percolator from Jewish Family & Children’s Service shares information and tools to make it easier for organizations and individuals to start and sustain their own memory café. A newly-released 1-minute video in English, Spanish and Portuguese shows memory cafés taking place indoors, outdoors, and virtually. Continue reading