CarFit is a joint initiative of AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to promote older driver safety and mobility by assisting drivers in understanding how they fit in their vehicles and making adjustments to improve comfort and safety.
During CarFit events, drivers have a 20-30 minute session with a trained technician and an occupational therapy practitioner. Upcoming trainings can help communities working to become age-friendly to host their own CarFit events. Continue reading
Participate in a free Zoom training that will give you the knowledge and materials you need to share awareness about dementia. Dementia Friends is a global public awareness program that helps everyone in a community learn about dementia, how it affects people, and the simple things that we can all do to make a difference. To learn more, watch this 2-minute video. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative contributed a blog post on Technology as a Social Determinant of Health for the Age-Friendly Public Health Systems initiative run by Trust for America’s Health. In the process, MHAC highlighted the great work being done by several partners in the statewide healthy aging network. Continue reading
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pleased to release the third annual progress report for ReiMAgine Aging, the Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan, which serves as the state’s multi-year plan to make the Commonwealth more age- and dementia-friendly. The report encompasses the work of 2021, during which communities continued to demonstrate resilience, ingenuity, and the ability to rapidly adapt. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages stakeholders and communities to consider the following funding opportunities that support inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities: Continue reading
Check out the following events that help support inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities:
The Baker Administration opened a Notice of Opportunity (NOO) to strategically onboard restaurants and food trucks for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) pilot.
This is an opportunity for communities working to become more age-friendly to improve food access and work with local businesses. Continue reading
It’s been five years since the establishment of the Governor’s Council to Address Aging. The Council has been a catalyst in moving Massachusetts forward as an age-friendly state and creating a vision for what it means to grow older in the community of one’s choice. Continue reading
Organizations in the age- and dementia friendly network are celebrating Pride Month in June. Check with your local aging service access point (ASAP), Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Council on Aging for local opportunities.
These organizations like Ethos, AgeSpan and Elder Services of the Worcester Area (ESWA) all offer support and social opportunities for LGBT+ older adults in their areas. As always, the LGBTQIA+ Aging Project has a wealth of resources and a calendar of in-person and virtual events, including the 24 LGBTQ Community Meal Programs across the state.
City parks play a vital role in the social, economic, and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents. They also play a role in inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities.
The City Parks Alliance created an infographic listing the benefits of public parks, including access to recreational opportunities, increasing property values, spurring local economies, combatting crime, and protecting cities from environmental impacts. Parks are now recognized as powerful tools for urban communities and local economies.