Two Massachusetts communities won Gold-level National Planning Achievement Awards from the American Planning Association. Boston won for its “Climate Ready Boston Report,” and Stoneham won for its Transportation Advocacy Committee.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative highlights the Stoneham project for its similarities to what can be achieved through Age- and Dementia Friendly efforts, but mostly because it is a grassroots, citizen-led initiative that has attained results. Continue reading
Commonwealth Magazine featured an opinion piece by President and CEO of 2Life Communities and MHAC Executive Committee Member Amy Schectman on how “aging in community” is preferable to “aging in place. Continue reading
In the final installment of AARP’s “Roadmap to Livability” workbook series, the focus is on helping communities thrive through economic development. Continue reading
At its annual conference on January 18-19, the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) will release the fourth edition of its municipal Best Practices series.
The 2018 edition of the publication included “Age and Dementia Friendly Communities” as a best practice that cities and towns can pursue. The 2019 version includes a recommendation that communities review and update their bylaws pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Continue reading
The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston revealed its new website (www.LTSScenter.org) with helpful resources and research on a range of topics tied to Long Term Services and Supports. Continue reading
MassDOT has announced it is now accepting applications from Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) for additional funding in Fiscal Year 2019, totaling $4 million, to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers. Continue reading
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
Having access to arts and cultural opportunities is an important part of communities and regions being healthy and engaging places for people of all ages. The Cultural Facilities Fund has supported 617 capital projects and 259 planning projects in 216 cities and towns across Massachusetts that have created such access. Continue reading
AARP’s Livable Communities team has released a free, step-by-step guide to developing fun, safe and healthy outdoor places. Continue reading
On it’s 200th anniversary, the Topsfield Fair, the olderst agricultural fair in the country, will also be the first to become “Dementia Friendly.” Continue reading