Honoring Choices MA Supports Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities

More than 1,000 Honoring Choices partners and Health Care Planning Ambassadors are working in their local communities to help adults make a personal health care plan and get connected to essential care to improve healthy living.

Honoring Choices is now connecting this important work to Age- And Dementia Friendly Community efforts across Massachusetts via a new web page using Framingham as an example.

Age- and Dementia Friendly Framingham coalition members, including the council on aging, housing, transportation, public health, assisted living and community groups, became Health Care Planning Ambassadors to confidently:

  • ENGAGE adults in planning discussions to complete a Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive;
  • LISTEN to consumer feedback to identify real-life barriers and create a more livable community;
  • CONNECT adults to needed care, using vital feedback to improve access to quality equitable care.

Each coalition member brings the Ambassador Program and Tool Kits back to their individual organizations to train staff and volunteers and host fun & informative community events.

Working with Lauren R. Pratt, MPH, REHS/RS, Community Health Program Coordinator, Honoring Choices supports Age-and Dementia Friendly Framingham’s collective goal to elevate the voice and knowledge of older persons and help shape and improve community resources.

To host a no-cost Ambassador Workshop for your Age- and Dementia Friendly group, contact Ellen DiPaola,  edipaola@honoringchoicesmass.com

The Ambassadors talk with adults & families about the real-life barriers to care they experience, and work with community leaders to help improve access to equitable care. Honoring Choices provides free downloadable health care planning information and documents so every adult, 18 and older, can make their own health care plan. Read more at www.honoringchoicesmass.com

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