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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassWorks Infrastructure Program

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the opening of the ninth annual MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant award round. This is an opportunity for Age-Friendly communities that have identified built environment projects in their goals.

The 2019 MassWorks grant round will fund projects that empower transformative housing and development that support the long-term vitality of Massachusetts, with a particular focus on projects that enable the production of multi-family housing in mixed-use, transit-serviced districts, and projects that spur economic development in struggling communities. Continue reading

AARP Releases Age-Friendly Community Engagement Tool

Using Cities of Service’s citizen engagement model and experience helping mayors work with residents to solve problems, as well as AARP’s age-friendly-communities model and experience working with communities and volunteers, this free booklet offers examples of effective strategies, initiatives and programs employed by mayors in towns and cities throughout the United States. Continue reading

Access to Amenities Impacts Social Isolation and Sense of Community

Americans who live in closer proximity to community parks, libraries, restaurants, and theaters are more content with their neighborhood, more trusting of others, and less lonely regardless of whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small cities or towns.

This according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) based on their Survey on Community and Society. Continue reading

Idea Exchange Events to Focus on Age and Dementia Friendly Integration

Fresh off the announcement of a new toolkit geared towards helping communities and stakeholders  integrate Age- and Dementia Friendly efforts, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts will be hosting a series of meetings across the state focused on supporting that integration. Continue reading