The Baker Administration announced that Massachusetts residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their EBT SNAP benefits to buy fresh food and pantry staples online from a variety of participating stores for same-day delivery and pickup via Instacart, including Price Chopper, ALDI and newly added Hannaford and Stop & Shop.
During 2021, the Alliance for Digital Equity conducted an assessment of the digital divide and digital equity with over 100 organizations in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties of Massachusetts. Combined with recent census data, the assessment led to a report providing community-level insight into challenges facing those communities with lessons for communities across Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a member of the Alliance for Digital Equity and contributed to the report, which includes examples of digital equity programs and practices that support older adults. Continue reading
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, caregivers, particularly persons with both parenting and adult caregiving responsibilities, will continue to face mental health challenges, and the need for caregivers is projected to increase as the U.S. population ages.
Age and dementia friendly community initiatives may consider how to be inclusive of caregiver needs when engaging residents for feedback and when crafting an action plan. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is fortunate to have partners supporting mobility solutions that serve older adults and people living with disabilities. Below are a few updates from MassMobility and the Boston Age Strong Commission. Continue reading
Misperceptions and stigma about dementia are hindering efforts to appropriately address brain-healthy behaviors among adults 40 and older, a recent AARP survey found. Continue reading
The Memory Café Percolator from Jewish Family & Children’s Service shares information and tools to make it easier for organizations and individuals to start and sustain their own memory café. A newly-released 1-minute video in English, Spanish and Portuguese shows memory cafés taking place indoors, outdoors, and virtually. Continue reading
The Baker Administration recently announced its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Capital Plan, a $2.655 billion plan that makes substantial investments in critical priorities including housing, transportation, climate resiliency, health and human services, and education to promote economic growth and opportunity.
Much of these investments will help communities become more age-friendly, including a continuation of the MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces program, Complete Streets, and support for affordable housing. Continue reading