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Bring CarFit Events to Your Community by Becoming a Trainer

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

Become a ‘Dementia Friend’ at an Upcoming Training

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

Commonwealth Releases Nation-Leading Three-Year Progress Report on Statewide Age-and Dementia Friendly Action Plan

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

Baker Administration Releases Opportunity for Restaurants and Food Trucks to Participate in SNAP Restaurant Meals Program Pilot

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

Resources and Opportunities for LGBTQIA+ Older Adults During Pride Month

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.

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City Parks Alliance Promotes Infographic, Resources to Help Communities Create Public Parks

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.

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