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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: The 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages.

This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces; housing; transportation; civic engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; support efforts to build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and other innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older. Continue reading

The ‘Experience Matters’ Program Highlights the Value of Older Adult Volunteers

Cities of Service launched the Experience Matters program in 2019 in partnership with AARP where five participating cities engaged residents aged 50+ to tackle public problems. Each city received $30,000 and technical assistance from Cities of Service. Full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members served in each city hall to build capacity and raise awareness for the initiatives.

Cities of Service compiled a report that outlines the activities and impact of the Experience Matters program and shares lessons that can inform future work with older volunteers. These include: Continue reading

Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

There are always opportunities to access education and training that can help your community or organization become more age- and dementia friendly. Check out the following events listed below:

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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Shared Streets & Spaces, Commonwealth Places, Mass Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is excited to promote a fourth round of the Shared Streets & Spaces Grant Program from the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

The program, which awards bonus points for projects that are inclusive of older adults,  provides funding to municipalities and public transit authorities to quickly implement improvements to plazas, sidewalks, curbs, streets, bus stops, parking areas, and other public spaces in support of public health, safe mobility, and strengthened commerce. Continue reading

NADTC Releases Guidebook to Help Communities Create Transportation Committees that Reflect Community Voices

Many age-friendly communities identify “transportation” as a priority issue in order to support people of all ages in a city, town or region.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) compiled a guidebook called “Creating a Transportation Committee that Reflects All Community Voices” to serve as a helpful resource to groups, including age-friendly coalitions, who are considering creating a transportation committee for the first time and transportation agencies who are looking to help their current committee increase its effectiveness. Continue reading