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CHAPA Seeking New Communities for Municipal Engagement Initiative – Deadline August 20th

There is just one week left to apply to be a Municipal Engagement Community through the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).

CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative seeks to build support for affordable housing production in communities across the Commonwealth and could benefit communities seeking to become Age-Friendly. Continue reading

MassDOT Seeking Comments on “Focus40” Investment Plan

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez announced the release for public comment of a draft of Focus40: The 2040 Investment Plan for the MBTA. MassDOT and the MBTA are seeking feedback on all aspects of the Plan prior to its final release in the autumn. The public comment period will be open through September 21, 2018. A public feedback form is available at mbtafocus40.com.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages our partners to submit comments that focus on Age-Friendliness as well as inclusiveness for all.

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Age-Friendly News Clips: Late July 2018

Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles that mention state and local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.

Check out the following articles from late July on the momentum of this movement building across the state.

Resources for Achieving Health Equity in Age-Friendly Communities

At MHAC, health equity is central to our promotion and support of Age-Friendly communities that work for all. Among our core strategies is a focus on embedding access, equity and inclusion throughout our efforts.

This set of resources from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can benefit those helping to guide their cities and towns towards becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. The site provides helpful knowledge of what it means to have health equity present in a community, and how stakeholders can take steps to achieve it. Continue reading

Join the Upcoming ASA Webinar on “Re-framing Aging” Messaging Strategies

The FrameWorks Institute conducted a national multiyear project with leading aging organizations to identify the way members of the public think and talk about aging.

Join the American Society on Aging (ASA) on Thursday, August 16th as they continue the exploration of the Reframing Aging Project and take a deeper review of the evidence-based strategies developed from this research for communicating more effectively about aging-related issues. Learn how to frame your messages and what cues to avoid to help people think more like experts do about ageism, demographic change, elder abuse and other policy issues. Continue reading

Three MA Projects Awarded AARP Community Challenge Grants

Three projects in Massachusetts  – Old Colony YMCA, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell – were awarded grants from the national  AARP Community Challenge. In its second year, AARP received more than 1,600 applications from nonprofits and government entities from across the country, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.  Continue reading

Federal ‘Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’ Bill Signed into Law

U.S. Senate Aging Committee Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) applauded the signing of the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), legislation they authored that will create a one-stop-shop of resources to support grandparents raising grandchildren.  U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced companion legislation in the House. Continue reading