Category Archives: Programs

AARP Wins Award for Video Celebrating Men as Family Caregivers

AARP recently won a prominent “Sharecare Award” for its video spotlighting men as family caregivers, raising attention to an often hidden but vitally important group of people.

Co-produced with AARP Studios, the 3-minute video offers an inside look at a gathering of African-American men from Philadelphia who support one another and openly share their unique challenges. Continue reading

Training the Aging Network to Provide Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Older Adults

The following background and issue brief from the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation promotes cultural competency training for aging service providers on the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults.

Though the world has gotten more tolerant toward people who identify as LGBTQ, significant fear and barriers still exist in the health system, particularly for LGBTQ older adults. When you couple this fear with providers ill-equipped to handle the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults, you have a health system that allows these consumers to fall through the cracks.

To help address some of these barriers, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation has put together a new issue brief, authored by staff members at SAGE, about the importance of training aging service providers on the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults and on meeting those needs in a culturally competent manner. This brief describes SAGE’s cultural competency training program and shares a case study of how this training helped one large provider organization, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY).

The Center also produced a video in collaboration with SAGE in 2017, “The Main Thing: Respect,” which includes older adults in this population sharing their perspectives on this topic.

Read the Brief here.

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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Bridges Together Intergenerational Program

Bridges Together, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to providing training and tools on the art & science of intergenerational engagement, announced their grant opportunity.

Teachers, librarians, staff from senior centers, senior housing and human service agencies and others are invited to apply for a grant to receive free training on the award-winning BRIDGES Intergenerational (IG) Program Curriculum so that they can implement BRIDGES in their own communities during the Spring, 2019.  Continue reading

Applications Open for 2019 Housing Choice Designation

The online application is available for the 2019 round to designate Housing Choice Communities, according to the Housing Choice webpage on Mass.gov and the Mass. Municipal Association. This initiative presents an opportunity for communities seeking to become more Age-Friendly that identify “housing” as an area of need.

The Housing Choice Initiative assists local governments to expand housing production by providing new grants, coordinating technical assistance across various housing agencies, and promoting regulatory innovation. Continue reading

Community Health Training Institute Accepting Health Equity Cohort Apps

The Community Health Training Institute is excited to bring you all a brand new, immersive training opportunity with our Health Equity Cohort.

The Training Institute is actively seeking thirty strong applicants working to implement health equity initiatives in their communities in Massachusetts to learn and grow together.

Find out more info and how to apply here. Continue reading

Call for Letters of Interest to Serve as a Dementia Friendly MA Ambassador

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts (DFM) is currently seeking a person(s) knowledgeable about the field of dementia to serve as an ambassador(s) to augment DFM’s staff outreach to cultural and linguistic minority communities and leaders. A limited stipend will be provided as part of the 2018 DFM Scale and Sustainability Grant awarded to the Massachusetts Councils on Aging by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: ‘AdvancingCities’ Challenge

AdvancingCities is a $500 million, five-year initiative from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to invest in solutions that bolster the long-term vitality of the world’s cities and the communities within them that have not benefited from economic growth.

The AdvancingCities Challenge will make investments of up to $3 million in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy.

See the full application along with FAQ’s and competition info here.

MAPC Technical Assistance Program and Invitation to Join ‘MetroCommon’ Advisory Group

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is soliciting ideas for individual community-specific projects and for multi-community projects that will commence in 2018. This presents another opportunity from the Healthy Aging Collaborative’s regional planning partners for Age-Friendly Communities where there is overlap.

Projects that serve multiple communities always receive preference; projects that advance the MetroFuture priorities of smart growth, regional collaboration, and/or advancing equity in the region, always receive preference.  Continue reading