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Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older

About one-third of U.S. adults age 45 and older report feeling lonely — and, due to an increased number of aging adults, the number is growing.

A survey by AARP Foundation finds that those who have low income are especially vulnerable. Nearly half of midlife and older adults with annual incomes of less than $25,000 report being lonely. A full 10 million people over the age of 50 live in poverty in the United States. Continue reading

Fannie Mae Calls for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing as part of $10 million Innovation Challenge

Fannie Mae recently announced a call for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing. The application period is open until November 1, 2018.

This Call for Ideas is part of The Innovation Challenge, a key component of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative challenging public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life. Continue reading

Goddard House Hosting Presentation and Discussion on Emotional Health, Loneliness and Social Engagement in Older Adults

Studies of older people have shown that good mental health and greater social
engagement are markers of resilience in aging and may be protective against
cognitive decline. Some studies suggest that treating psychiatric symptoms may
also be protective.

Dr. Nancy Donovan, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, will discuss these findings and her own research that is part of the Harvard Aging Brain Study, a longitudinal study of 270 cognitively healthy older adults. The presentation and discussion will take place at Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline. Continue reading

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $5 Million in Awards Through Housing Choice Initiative

The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $5 million in awards to 31 communities throughout the Commonwealth through two new grant programs under the Housing Choice Initiative.

The Housing Choice Initiative, introduced by Governor Charlie Baker in December 2017, is a comprehensive effort to support the creation of 135,000 new housing units by 2025 to meet the housing needs of Massachusetts’s families, workforce and residents. The Housing Choice Initiative provides incentives, rewards and technical assistance reform to encourage and empower municipalities to plan and build the diverse housing stock that the Commonwealth needs to continue to thrive.   Continue reading

Age-Friendly Funding Alert: America Walks

America Walks, partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation, Lyft, WalkBoston, and other generous sponsors, are excited to announce another round of our popular Community Change Grant program.

This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play. Click here to view and complete the application. Continue reading

Updated ‘DataCommon’ Tool Offers Community-Specific Info for Age- and Dementia Friendly Efforts

Along with the Healthy Aging Data Reports and Community Profiles, communities now have another useful tool to help them conduct assessments as part of Age- and Dementia Friendly efforts.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has re-released DataCommon, an open data resource that was first launched in 2006 and is returning after an extensive user-focused restructuring and redesign. It includes data on a variety of indicators for every city and town and, while it’s intended for planners, it can help anyone – residents, stakeholders, planners, city and town officials, educators, journalists – explore data and make informed decisions. Continue reading