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Age-Friendly Identified by Boston Globe as a Trend to Watch in 2018

As many publications do, the Boston Globe interviewed experts who could reveal some insight on what 2018 might bring for the business community regionally and nationally.

Alongside healthcare, technology and real estate predictions, the Globe story singled out the Age-Friendly Communities movement as a major trend to keep an eye on. The article makes note of how cities and towns from all across the state are taking part in the movement that focuses on improving quality of life and community livability for not only older adults, but people of all ages. Continue reading

Elder Abuse Awareness Videos Urge Involvement from Entire Community

A collaboration of the FrameWorks Institute and the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) are yielding great resources for raising awareness and combating Elder Abuse. In the process, with their latest resource, they are also explaining the benefits of Age-Friendly Communities. Continue reading

Cape Cod’s Age-Friendly Communities Featured on NPR

In December 2017 WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, debuted a new series about aging http://www.bit.ly/2AmngU0.

On December 13, 2017 The Point broadcast with host Mindy Todd highlighted three Cape and Islands age-friendly initiatives. Guests on the program were Kathi Bailey, Director of Senior Services at the Town Of Yarmouth; Vaira Harik, Senior project manager at Barnstable County Human services; and Paddy Moore, chair of Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard.

Listen to the segment here.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $1.1 Million to Advance Policies and Practices Supporting Healthy Aging

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation today announced new community investments of more than $1.1 million. The eight new grants reflect a commitment to advancing inclusive policies that create thriving and vital communities that work for people of all ages. For 2017, Foundation community investments top $3.15 million, including 30 new grants and on-going support for 15 multi-year initiatives.

“Communities have greater interest in age-friendly initiatives. There’s a growing understanding of the critical role older people play. They are an asset to community, and their voices and insights are invaluable to the public discourse on what communities need,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan and president of its Foundation.

The Foundation’s new grants support initiatives to engage and train more advocates to participate in policy discussions; extend dementia-friendly programs to new communities; and address gaps limiting access to services and healthy, nutritious food. All are aligned with the Foundation’s focus on support for communities that work for everyone.

Grants in Policy and Advocacy

  • Healthy Waltham (Waltham, MA)
    Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging
    To build momentum for the second and third years of this city-wide, age-friendly initiative. Two-year grant for $100,240.
  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (Boston, MA)
    Older Adult Nutrition Access Project
    To improve older people’s participation in the SNAP program by training enrollment agency staff and promoting systemic advocacy and coalition building to defend federal nutrition programs. One-year grant for $60,000.
  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council (Quincy, MA)
    Seniors Power Up!
    To organize and train diverse low-income older people in Massachusetts to use their collective voices to influence key public policy issues affecting their lives and their communities. Two-year grant for $150,000.
  • Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
    Senior Voices for Aging in Community – Year 3
    To engage low-income seniors and develop them as community leaders with the capacity to effectively advocate for policy change. One-year grant for $50,000.

Grants focused on collaboration and community engagement (James Roosevelt, Jr., Leadership Fund):

  • Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors (Easthampton, MA)
    Dementia Friendly Massachusetts – Scale and Sustainability Phase (2018-2020)
    To scale the Dementia Friendly Initiative so more Massachusetts communities embrace and become active dementia-friendly communities. Three-year grant for $302,068.
  • Rhode Island College Foundation (Providence, RI)
    Building an Age-Friendly Rhode Island, 2018-2019
    To build a powerful community coalition to advocate, design innovative solutions and develop programs/services for an Age-Friendly Rhode Island. Two-year grant for $252,400.
  • SeniorCare, Inc. (Gloucester, MA)
    Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann
    To work with four Cape Ann communities to establish the first combined age- and dementia-friendly effort. Three-year grant for $190,650.

The Foundation also awarded a grant focused on Systems and Best Practices.

  • Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
    State of RI Alzheimer’s Five Year Plan Update
    To support the update of Rhode Island’s five-year plan on Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders. One-year grant for $15,000.

The new grants engage nearly 80 community organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Communities Creating Intergenerational Leadership Teams

Many communities want to increase the number and nature of intergenerational initiatives, especially those making commitments to becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. Thanks to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Bridges Together is able to offer funding to communities wishing to partake in an opportunity to place older adults in school classrooms across the state. Continue reading

With Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grant, MCOA Continues the Work of Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) is pleased to announce that Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s prestigious President’s Leadership Fund awarded the organization a three-year grant of $302,068 to support Dementia Friendly Massachusetts (DFM).  The grant positions MCOA as the backbone organization for the Dementia Friendly Initiative so more Massachusetts communities embrace and become active dementia friendly communities. MCOA will ensure local, regional, and state actors are coordinating their activities –educating the public, training leaders of local communities, engaging regional service providers and businesses as participants in the DFM movement, developing new public policy, or creating media attention.

The DFM staff will closely collaborate with training partners from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and AARP to further develop and disseminate integrated approaches that communities may use to pursue both age-friendly and dementia friendly initiatives in a streamlined fashion.  David Stevens, MCOA’s executive director, stated “The Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s grant will provide the resources to build strategic partnerships, educate and empower municipal leaders who manage local aging services, advocate for policies to improve the quality of life for older adults living with dementia, and ensure the delivery of quality programming to advance healthy aging for older adults.”

MCOA will oversee the DFM Management Committee that includes members from the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Multicultural Coalition on Aging, and Leading Age.  Dementia Friendly means community institutions embed awareness about dementia friendly practices into their programs, staff training and customer service cultures.  For more information, please contact Director of Special Projects, Mary Kay Browne at 413-923-4161.