In preparation for Older Americans Month in May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced a theme that compliments the Age- and Dementia Friendly Movement. The 2019 theme is “Connect, Create, Contribute,” which encourages older adults and their communities to:
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
MassDOT recently announced $5.1 million in additional funding awards for Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) across the Commonwealth to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers.
The full announcement of the RTA award winners are available here on the MassDOT Blog. Awards were selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership, demonstrate innovation, serve a priority population, be financially sustainable, and provide cost savings or operational efficiencies. Continue reading
An “Aging in Community” workshop, including presentations on Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities, will be held on 29 March at Lasell College, with satellite venues at Berkshire Community College and Cape Cod Community College. Continue reading
Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles that mention state and local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.
Check out the following articles from February 2019 on the momentum of this movement building across the state. Continue reading
Lack of transportation has a profound impact on an older adult’s well-being and can lead to social disconnection. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Lyft are partnering to pilot a senior center outreach and education program to test older adult willingness to learn ridesharing, and to determine the positive impact ridesharing can have on a person’s well-being. Continue reading
Armed with reports like the Housing Assistance Council’s “Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes,”as well as a collaboration with the LOR Foundation, AARP published an extensive article on resources and examples of healthy aging and Age-Friendly Communities in rural areas. Continue reading
Bridges Together, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to providing training and tools on the art & science of intergenerational engagement, announced their grant opportunity.
Teachers, librarians, staff from senior centers, senior housing and human service agencies and others are invited to apply for a grant to receive free training on the award-winning BRIDGES Intergenerational (IG) Program Curriculum so that they can implement BRIDGES in their own communities during the Spring, 2019. Continue reading
The latest AARP Livable Communities Newsletter has a headline feature titled “Boston Is Putting Driverless Cars Through an Age-Friendly Road Test.” The article is focused on the public-private partnership that is setting an example for other cities to follow when it comes to autonomous vehicles.
Another article looks at more immediate area where Boston needed to set an example, which is the “Safest Driver Contest” aimed at accomplishing the city’s Vision Zero goals of eliminating traffic fatalities.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, elected officials, and local leaders in Quincy to announce awards totaling nearly $3 million to eleven communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program.
These awards will be used to fund local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and people using other forms of transportation. In doing so, the Complete Streets program helps communities become more Age-Friendly (Complete Streets are highlighted in the AARP “Roadmap to Livability” Resource on Transportation). Continue reading
Health care and community organizations in the MetroWest region are coming together to plan how health and wellness programs can best serve area residents, and the MetroWest Health Foundation invites you to be part of this important effort. Continue reading