The MassDOT Transit Unit has announced that the FY2020 Community Transit Grant Program Application Cycle is scheduled to open in May 2019.
The Community Transit Grant Program is MassDOT’s annual competitive grant program to distribute Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities funds, and State Mobility Assistance Program funds. A schedule of this year’s application training sessions is attached to this email, along with a general overview of the 5310/MAP funding programs. Continue reading
Jewish Family & Children’s Service: Community Education and Training Specialist
The Community Education and Training Specialist will join a team that develops and delivers education and training programs and activities focused on promoting mental health among older adults in independent housing and other community settings. This position is a key contributor within the Services for Older Adults division. The Community Education and Training Specialist will work with the team to provide services as part of our Aging Well at Home and Mental Health and Housing services. The Community Education and Training Specialist will develop, market and deliver training and consultation services for providers (staff) and older adults. The ideal candidate will have a mental health background, presentation skills and a strong desire to work with older adults and aging services providers.
For more info, see the full job posting at the JF&CS website here. Continue reading
AARP’s Public Policy Institute announced a follow-up study that builds on the landmark Home Alone study, which was the first national look at how family caregivers are managing medical/nursing tasks, such as managing medications, changing dressings, and other tasks in the home setting, that are typically performed by trained professionals in hospitals.
The new study – called Home Alone Revisited, focuses on cross-generational and multicultural caregivers and provides a list of 10 recommendations based on their findings.
The Diverse Elders Coalition recently launched a new online survey for family caregivers in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The Caregiving Community Survey is an opportunity for anyone providing care for an aging spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, other relative, neighbor, or friend to anonymously share their experiences and help the Diverse Elders Coalition develop tools and resources to better meet the needs of our communities. Continue reading
In a recent announcement, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development released a $50 million funding opportunity for the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program. Continue reading
A new National Center on Law and Elder Rights “PRACTICE TIP” offers advice to advocates and counselors working with Limited English Proficient (LEP) older adults to better assert their language access rights. 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 March to mid April 2019 on the momentum of this movement building across the state.
MassDOT and the MBTA are announcing a one-year pilot program that will begin today, Monday, April 1, 2019, that provides financial incentives to transportation network companies (TNCs) in an effort to increase availability of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs). During the pilot program, Uber and Lyft will receive a subsidy on a per-hour basis for every hour that wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available for use. Continue reading
Elizabeth Chen, PhD, MBA, MPH has been named Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) effective June 3, 2019. EOEA promotes independence, empowerment, and well-being of older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families in every community in the Commonwealth. Continue reading
Two Massachusetts communities won Gold-level National Planning Achievement Awards from the American Planning Association. Boston won for its “Climate Ready Boston Report,” and Stoneham won for its Transportation Advocacy Committee.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative highlights the Stoneham project for its similarities to what can be achieved through Age- and Dementia Friendly efforts, but mostly because it is a grassroots, citizen-led initiative that has attained results. Continue reading