Category Archives: Systems and Best Practices

Elder Abuse Awareness Videos Urge Involvement from Entire Community

A collaboration of the FrameWorks Institute and the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) are yielding great resources for raising awareness and combating Elder Abuse. In the process, with their latest resource, they are also explaining the benefits of Age-Friendly Communities. Continue reading

Communities Creating Intergenerational Leadership Teams

Many communities want to increase the number and nature of intergenerational initiatives, especially those making commitments to becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. Thanks to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Bridges Together is able to offer funding to communities wishing to partake in an opportunity to place older adults in school classrooms across the state. Continue reading

Town of Lenox on the Move

The following is posted with permission from WalkBoston and written by Gwen Miller who is the Land Use Director and Town Planner for Lenox, MA. This article was featured in WalkBoston’s October 2017 newsletter.

Lenox, in the Berkshires, has just over 5,000 residents. It is largely rural with a small downtown, parks, public art, great restaurants, Tanglewood, and The Mount/Edith Wharton’s Home. In Lenox, you get the small-town vibe but big-city culture.  Continue reading

Mass Municipal Association: Ashland tax relief fund to help seniors, disabled via donations

Communities across the state are finding creative ways of supporting older adults and all residents to remain healthy and independent. The following article is republished with permission from the October 2017 issue of The Beacon, a publication of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns.

Ashland has created a tax relief fund and is seeking donations from residents to provide assistance to elderly and disabled residents on fixed incomes who face rising property tax bills.
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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

Public Park in Leominster Dedicated to Alzheimer’s Awareness

Central Park in the City of Leominster, MA  was dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness on the longest day of the year, June 21st, which coincided with a national series of events and fundraising spearheaded by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The park can be found downtown at the intersection of Route 12 and Route 117 with a newly renovated corner for all to see.  Through a collaborate of private and public funding, there are many special features including; purple lighting from dusk to dawn symbolizing the struggle with sun-downing, granite pavers that anyone can sponsor and customize, large perennial garden, purple themed annual flowers, and a large inspirational stone yet to be engraved!  Continue reading

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