Category Archives: Stories from the Field

Pittsfield Placemaking Project Highlighted by AARP

In their recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities focused on cities that are “activating” their alleyways into vibrant community spaces that turn into more than a pass-through or a place people avoid.

In 2017, the community planning and design firm Team Better Block helped to reimagine a stretch of Tyler Street in Pittsfield. Continue reading

AARP Newsletter on Shared Community Spaces Highlights Swampscott Best Practice

In their recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities shared a number of examples of cities and towns that co-located facilities to save costs and encourage inter-generational activity.

Among the examples is a co-located high school and senior center in the town of Swampscott, Mass. Continue reading

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

Boston Front and Center in Latest AARP Newsletter

The latest AARP Livable Communities Newsletter has a headline feature titled “Boston Is Putting Driverless Cars Through an Age-Friendly Road Test.” The article is focused on the public-private partnership that is setting an example for other cities to follow when it comes to autonomous vehicles.

Another article looks at more immediate area where Boston needed to set an example, which is the “Safest Driver Contest” aimed at accomplishing the city’s Vision Zero goals of eliminating traffic fatalities.

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City of Boston Launches Age- and Dementia Friendly Business Designation

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly  launched their Age and Dementia-Friendly Business designation, a new pilot program that encourages local businesses to make their spaces and services more inclusive for people of all ages. Today’s announcement was held at Local 338 Bagels and Coffee in West Roxbury, one of nine organizations that received the designation today, which includes certificates and decals to mark their business as Age and Dementia-Friendly. Continue reading

Age-Friendly Berkshires Celebrates Action Plan Launch

Nearly 100 volunteers, supporters and collaborators attended an event at Berkshire Hills Country Club to celebrate the launch of an action plan for Age-Friendly Berkshires.

After several years of work, it was clear that the regional effort of 32 communities and dozens of organizations was worth the wait. Continue reading

Salem for All Ages Releases ‘Year One’ Report

The City of Salem was among the first communities in the state to both join the AARP/WHO Network of Age-Friendly Communities and also come out with an action plan. The “Salem for All Ages” task force is once again showing leadership with a “Year One” report that highlights  progress on the items laid out in the city’s Age-Friendly action plan. Continue reading