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UMass Gerontology Institute Highlights Research on How Systemic Racism Shapes the Lives of Older Black Adults

Racial discrimination experienced over the course of a life has a devastating cumulative effect on older Black adults.

Gerontologists at the University of Massachusetts Boston have spent years studying the many racial disparities that impact the daily lives of older Black adults. The Gerontology Institute asked faculty members to write briefly about their work and they did more than simply describe the devastating evidence. Continue reading

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Supports ESMV-NS in Launching First-of-its-Kind Virtual ‘A Matter of Balance’ Program

Due to COVID-19, the popular A Matter of Balance (MOB)  program was temporarily put on pause.

Earlier this summer, MaineHealth, the home of the MOB program, reached out to Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore to discuss a virtual adaptation of the program. ETHOS of Boston and Bristol Elder Services joined ESMV-NS to pilot the program via Zoom thanks to funding from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This pilot is the first of its kind anywhere. Continue reading

UMass-Boston Report Shares How Massachusetts Senior Centers are Adapting, Responding to COVID-19

Councils on Aging (COAs) are considered the “front door” of services and supports for older residents and those who care for them. They provide a wide range of programs and services, designed to meet the varied needs and interests of a diverse older population.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, councils on aging have had to adapt significantly to continue the important work they do on behalf of older adults in the community. Continue reading

AARP Announces Community Challenge 2020 Grantees

For the fourth annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP received more than 2,800 applications from nonprofits and government entities, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.

A total of more than $2.4 million is being distributed to fund 184 quick-action projects across the country, helping urban, rural and suburban communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Continue reading

MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 8/20/20

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading

MHAC’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources: 8/13/20

In addition to an evolving COVID-19 resource page, MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

These updates are to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly.

Please see the latest updates below: Continue reading