Category Archives: Systems and Best Practices

MassDOT Accepting Comments on State Pedestrian Plan Resource Guide

For the first time since 1998, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is updating the state’s Pedestrian Plan, which aims to improve conditions for walkability throughout the Commonwealth.

As part of that refresh, MassDOT has released a draft Municipal Resource Guide that has been developed based on stakeholder feedback throughout the planning process. That feedback process will continue as MassDOT is accepting public comments on this draft resource guide by October 31st. Continue reading

Final ‘Governor’s Council’ Listening Session: Aug 2nd in Pittsfield

The Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts has held listening sessions in Gloucester, Worcester and Barnstable with the final opportunity to verbally offer feedback occurring in Pittsfield.

The session will take place on August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Elder Services of Berkshire County (877 South Street, Suite 4E, Pittsfield, MA 01201)

The 24-member Council is charged with developing a plan to promote healthy aging in Massachusetts, and to achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages.

Specifically, the Governor’s Council would like to hear about:

  • What factors make your community a great place to grow older?
  • How can we support families that include one or more older adults?
  • How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities?
  • What are the top two issues or concerns that create barriers to people being able to age well in their communities?
  • How can we accelerate innovation to support and connect older adults?
  • How can we change public perceptions about aging?

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request, contact: William Travascio at 617-222-7597 or William.Travascio@state.ma.us

Age-Friendly Boston Reveals Progressive Action Plan

After a comprehensive assessment that drew the participation of more than 4,000 older adults from 23 neighborhoods across the city, Age-Friendly Boston announced a major milestone with the release of their 75-point action plan to enhance the quality of life for residents of all ages and abilities.

At an event emceed by Boston’s Commissioner for Affairs of the Elderly Emily Shea and featuring Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa, Tufts Health Plan Foundation president Nora Moreno Cargie, and Secretary for the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner, the action plan was framed as the result of an impressive grassroots-style collaboration with the support of UMass Boston. The action plan was also touted as one of the most detailed and well-constructed that has crossed AARP’s review process. Continue reading

Leveraging Resources, Learning from Each Other

By Kayla Romanelli, Program Associate, Tufts Health Plan Foundation

“How many people in the room feel maxed out?” A few brave participants slowly raised their hands. Then another question, “How many people in the room wish they had a road map to achieve their goals?” More hands went up. “Today we are going to help you build that road map.” And with that, the workshop began. Continue reading