Category Archives: Systems and Best Practices

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

City of Salem Completes Shuttle Feasibility Study

The Friends of the Salem Council on Aging, the City of Salem and its consultant, TransAction Associates, have completed a feasibility study of an intra-city shuttle. The concept of a shuttle is an important action step in the implementation of the City’s landmark Salem For All Ages Action Plan. The study was funded by a Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant that was awarded to the Friends of the Salem Council on Aging. A working group of over twenty stakeholders helped guide the study. Continue reading

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Recognized by RetirementJobs.com as an Age-Friendly Employer

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley has earned the special distinction of being certified as an Age Friendly Employer for 2018.  The Research Group at RetirementJobs.com carefully reviewed the polices, practices and programs of  Elder Services, finding them consistent with the employment needs of people age 50 and older.

“Our Certification indicates an employer’s recognition of the unique value of age 50+ workers as well as their commitment to take affirmative action in providing meaningful employment, development opportunities and competitive pay and benefits,” says Camille Grabowski, Director of Research & Certification for RetirementJobs.com.  The RetirementJobs.com certification program has been recognized by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and AARP. Continue reading

Gov. Baker Signs Nation-Leading Law to Strengthen Alzheimer’s, Dementia Treatment

Governor Baker was joined by members of the Administration, Legislature and healthy aging community today at the ceremonial signing of H.4116 An Act relative to Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the Commonwealth during an event at the Alzheimer’s Association in Waltham. Continue reading

Resources for Achieving Health Equity in Age-Friendly Communities

At MHAC, health equity is central to our promotion and support of Age-Friendly communities that work for all. Among our core strategies is a focus on embedding access, equity and inclusion throughout our efforts.

This set of resources from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can benefit those helping to guide their cities and towns towards becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. The site provides helpful knowledge of what it means to have health equity present in a community, and how stakeholders can take steps to achieve it. Continue reading