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 Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to promote the following upcoming events and opportunities to help create inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative launched ‘Equity in Aging‘ in a kickoff webinar that featured resources and along with age- and dementia friendly community-based work addressing disparities for diverse older adults. Continue reading
Building partnerships through collaboration between assistive technology programs and long-term services and supports (LTSS) agencies is one way to expand awareness and facilitate access to AT devices and services.
The AARP Public Policy Institute produced a report in collaboration with the Administration on Community Living and State Assistive Technology Act programs on assistive technology (AT) program partnerships and innovations in states. The report provides valuable information and ideas on partnerships that can improve quality of life for those using assistive technology. Continue reading
Organizations and communities in the MHAC network have a range of virtual programs to support people living with dementia and their caregivers during the holiday season. Continue reading
The MetroBridge program, which takes a new approach to embedding real-world projects for local government into courses across Boston University, is accepting proposal ideas for the upcoming Spring semester.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities seeking to become more age- and dementia friendly to apply to the program for support on assessment and action planning. Continue reading
MHAC is always looking for practices, programs and solutions that can be implemented in age- and dementia friendly communities. Increasingly, arts and cultural opportunities are emerging as a way to bring generations together and create social engagement opportunities. Continue reading
For any Age- and Dementia Friendly Community advocating for intergenerational shared spaces and programming, a new report called “All In Together: Creating Spaces Where Young and Old Thrive” by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation provides some useful tools and examples from across the country. Continue reading
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, and local officials in Springfield to announce funding awards totaling $5.1 million to eighteen communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program to support local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for people walking, biking, taking transit, and using other forms of transportation.
The Complete Streets program is also an opportunity for Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities looking for funding support to improve the physical environment of their city or town. For those communities interested in becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly that are receiving an award, this funding could be a good kick-start to a local initiative and help bring stakeholder together. Continue reading