Category Archives: Systems and Best Practices

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

AARP Livable Communities Team Releases Housing Workbook

Housing issues show up as a common concern in many communities that commit to becoming Age- and Dementia Friendly.

In their “Roadmap to Livability” Series, AARP has officially released the third book that focuses on helping communities assess and set goals for improving housing accessibility, affordability, maintenance and modifications.

Download the Housing Workbook here!

Age-Friendly Funding Opportunity Round-up

Proof of momentum in the Age-Friendly movement can be seen with new communities joining the network of cities and towns, but also with the funding opportunities that advance not only local efforts, but also the broader healthy aging work of stakeholders.

The Healthy Aging Collaborative hopes the following three funding programs will be the first in a new periodic series that raises awareness about funding support for Age-Friendly activities. Continue reading

AARP Revives Community Challenge Grant Program

Recognizing that it takes time to build great communities, but also that quick action can spark longer-term progress, AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents.

In 2017, the AARP Community Challenge awarded 88 grants, including several in Massachusetts.

2018 TIMELINE

  • March 21: Launch of the 2018 AARP Community Challenge
  • May 16: Applications are due by 5 pm ET
  • June 25: Winning applicants will be notified by email by this date
  • November 5: All projects must be completed
  • December 3: After Action Reports due

Grant applications must be submitted online by using the link below.  

However, we recommend that you first watch this short video, read all of the information noted below and download the following PDF attachments, especially the application questionnaire, which is provided so you can prepare your answers offline and then copy and paste your text into our web-based application.

When you’re ready to complete the online application APPLY HERE

Questions can be emailed to CommunityChallenge@AARP.org


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Innovation@Home: A Contest and a Call for Age-Friendly Housing Practices that Work

The World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities and Grantmakers in Aging are collaborating on a competition and a call for age-friendly housing practices that can inspire action around the world by showing what can be done and how it can be done. Continue reading