Category Archives: Systems and Best Practices

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Supports Efforts to Make Communities Better for All Ages

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced new community investments that reflect its commitment to make our cities and towns great places to grow up and grow old.

The nearly $1.8 million supports 16 community organizations working to make communities healthier for people of all ages, with a specific interest in engaging older adults. These investments are in addition to nearly $1 million in previously announced work. Continue reading

Nesterly Home-Sharing Platform Expanding Beyond Boston

Nesterly, an inter-generational online matching service for older adults and college students is expanding their service for home-sharing and looking for local partners.

After a successful pilot with the City of Boston, Nesterly is expanding their service to the greater Boston area to include communities like Medford, Somerville, Newton and others. Specifically, Nesterly is looking to identify “hosts” to create listings for spare rooms using their simple signup process and match with an already strong number of students that have created profiles. Continue reading

AARP’s New “Where We Live” Publication Highlights Massachusetts Work on Age-Friendly

The 2018 edition of “Where We Live” has been released by AARP and the publication that features livability and Age-Friendly projects from across the country highlights some of the exciting work happening in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Dementia Friends Initiative Underway in Massachusetts

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Massachusetts.

By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.

Check out this video for an introduction to the concept and how to get involved: Continue reading

Baker Administration Adds Age- and Dementia Friendly Best Practices to Community Compact Program

In a major victory for the Healthy Aging Collaborative and the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement, the Baker Administration is taking another big step towards advancing and supporting the opportunity for cities and towns to become better places to grow up and grow old.

Governor Charlie Baker, who has already committed Massachusetts as one of only two Age-Friendly States in the country under the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, is adding Age- and Dementia Friendly best practice options to the Community Compact program. Continue reading

Celebrate Older Americans Month in May

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:

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Boston Food Resource Maps Aim to Provide Better Access to Healthy Meal Options

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Food Access has created food resource maps in six languages for each of the city’s neighborhoods with a goal of improving the availability to healthy eating options for all residents.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association highlighted the maps in a recent article in their “Community Corner” newsletter that promotes best practices and examples that other cities and towns can follow. The Healthy Aging Collaborative is recognizing the Boston Food Access Maps as a best practice specifically for Age-Friendly Communities. Continue reading