Justice in Aging uses the power of law – through advocacy, legal processes, and trainings – to strengthen the social safety net, and remove the barriers low-income seniors face in trying to access the services they need.
As a part of Justice in Aging’s Strategic Initiative to Advance Equity for older adults, the organization compiled and shared a list of resources – called the Advancing Equity in Aging Toolkit – that includes the Healthy Aging for All Guide from the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative. The Healthy Aging for All Guide was created to help age- and dementia friendly community efforts address issues of access, equity and inclusion throughout their process.
MHAC recently completed a pilot of the guide in Framingham, Lowell and the Pioneer Valley supported by the Healthy Aging Fund that will help further refine the guide for more effective use by other age- and dementia friendly community stakeholders. Point32Health Foundation is supporting MHAC in working with additional communities to utilize the guide.
The Justice in Aging resources also include trainings, tools, and other resources that can center an organization’s or community’s work in equity for older adults. They are intended to provide a range of information from high-level analysis of systemic racism and inequities in the context of older adults of color and the landscape of laws and government programs, to practical tools for attorneys, aging services advocates, and staff of all levels in your organization.