This June, the Alzheimer’s Association is working hard to promote Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. This year their focus is highlighting the critical importance of early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading
With the Momentum Fund open, Tufts Health Plan Foundation continues to lead the way in supporting healthy aging with a new initiative will to advance age-friendly and dementia-friendly work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Grants of up to $10,000 will support early-stage initiatives and innovative efforts; $100,000 has been allocated for each state. Continue reading
The Healthy Aging Collaborative joins the Administration on Aging, the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and many organizations from across Massachusetts and the country in celebrating May as Older Americans Month.
The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.
Here are some links where AoA and other organizations are providing resources and materials in recognition of Older Americans Month to help promote wellness and awareness of issues facing older adults:
Recognizing that it takes time to build great communities, but also that quick action can spark longer-term progress, AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents.
In 2017, the AARP Community Challenge awarded 88 grants, including several in Massachusetts.
- March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge
- May 16: Applications are due by 5 pm ET
- June 25: Winning applicants will be notified by email by this date
- November 5: All projects must be completed
- December 3: After Action Reports due
Grant applications must be submitted online by using the link below.
However, we recommend that you first watch this short video, read all of the information noted below and download the following PDF attachments, especially the application questionnaire, which is provided so you can prepare your answers offline and then copy and paste your text into our web-based application.
- About the AARP Community Challenge
- AARP Community Challenge Flyer
- Sample Application Questionnaire
- Sample Application Language
- Sample After Action Report for Winning Grantees
- Inspiring Examples From 2017 (online article)
When you’re ready to complete the online application APPLY HERE
Questions can be emailed to CommunityChallenge@AARP.org
AARP is currently offering a prime opportunity for cities and towns seeking to kick-start or strengthen age-friendly efforts in the form of of Community Challenge grants to communities around the country.
The grants are aimed at funding projects that improve livability for all residents. Applications are due June 30, 2017 and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. You can find details here as well as in the attached Challenge Announcement document. I’ve also attached a samples of: the application (attachment A), the required After Action report (attachment B), and a list of project examples (attachment C). Submit your application today through AARP.org/CommunityChallenge. Continue reading
What does it mean for a community to be “walkable” and how can we create neighborhoods that are safe, active, accessible and vibrant?
WalkBoston is hosting a training called “Promoting Walkability: Creating Safe and Active Neighborhoods” on June 2nd from 9:30am-12:30pm, 9:00 am at the Main South CDC in Worcester (875 Main Street). The event will include a walking component in the Worcester Main South neighborhood where attendees will explore issues of walkability firsthand!
The following is a guest Blog Post from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in recognition of Diabetes Alert Day (March 28th)
Type 2 diabetes is a serious and costly public health issue affecting tens of millions of Americans. Older adults have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For those over 65, 1 in every 2 has prediabetes. In Massachusetts, there may be as many as 1.8 million adults who have prediabetes.
What is prediabetes? Prediabetes happens when blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes.
An intervention, however, in the form of a prediabetes screening and referral to an evidence-based lifestyle change program, can help prevent the development of diabetes and the many serious conditions and complications associated with it. Continue reading
By Jennifer Raymond, Director, Healthy Living Center of Excellence
Two Healthy Aging Collaborative members, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Hebrew SeniorLife, recently received a $49,187 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to support their collaboration on the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HCLE). The HCLE offers more than 14 evidence-based wellness, prevention and disease management programs statewide aimed at improved health outcomes and increased social engagement.
February is American Heart Health month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. This amazing organ needs to be protected and properly cared for to remain healthy for years to come. Continue reading
In my last blog post on mental health and aging, I described Ms. McKay, an older woman who was coping with multiple losses. She had significant hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. She had been active in her church but was spending more and more time alone in her apartment and not even collecting her mail. Her closest relative had recently moved away. She felt that nobody really cared if she even showed up. Despite the clear signs of depression, Ms. McKay’s provider did not notice them during her last doctor’s visit. Continue reading