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Guest Blog Post: MA DPH Raises Prediabetes Awareness for Diabetes Alert Day

The following is a guest Blog Post from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in recognition of Diabetes Alert Day (March 28th)

Type 2 diabetes is a serious and costly public health issue affecting tens of millions of Americans. Older adults have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For those over 65, 1 in every 2 has prediabetes. In Massachusetts, there may be as many as 1.8 million adults who have prediabetes.

What is prediabetes? Prediabetes happens when blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes.

An intervention, however, in the form of a prediabetes screening and referral to an evidence-based lifestyle change program, can help prevent the development of diabetes and the many serious conditions and complications associated with it. Continue reading

Boston Globe Reports on Elder Abuse and Neglect

An ideal age-friendly community is one where residents take responsibility for the well-being of older adults, but as the Boston Globe explored in a recent article, reporting potential abuse or neglect of an elder friend or neighbor may not be so straightforward.

Highlighting a local case of elder neglect that gained national attention, the Globe article mentioned how the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and City of Boston offer ways to report concern for older adults.

Making the call is an act that people struggle with, as the Globe found, but different communities take different approaches. The article began with a Billerica police officer that performs wellness checks on behalf of the town’s council on aging and concluded with a letter carrier from Nahant who had no issue making the call for an older adult on his route who experienced a stroke.

See the full article here and the elder abuse hotlines listed by the Globe story below:

Where to report concerns about older adults:

  • Concerns about elder abuse or neglect can be reported statewide to the Elder Abuse Hotline 24 hours a day: 800-922-2275
  • Regarding elders residing in the city of Boston, one can also file a report with Central Boston Elder Services during business hours: 617-442-4200º
  • For questions regarding elder services, other than reports of abuse or neglect, call 800-AGE-INFO (243-4636)
  • If you fear an emergency, call the police: 911

First Director Hired for Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative

By the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative web team

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative announced today that James Fuccione will direct the group’s activities and initiatives as senior director, a new position created to advance age-friendly communities in Massachusetts. Funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the post was designed to lead the statewide collaboration of more than 100 organizations to advance the emerging movement supporting older adults, and to make Massachusetts a national leader in vibrant age-friendly communities and healthy aging policies. Continue reading

West Springfield joins AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

Cross-posted from MassLive.com, by Conor Berry

Mike Festa, state director of AARP Massachusetts, traveled from Boston to West Springfield on Thursday to welcome the Hampden County city into the organization’s Network of Age-friendly Communities. However, it was Mayor Will Reichelt who formally declared West Springfield an “age-friendly community,” after reading a proclamation that adopted the AARP and World Health Organization’s principles on aging. Read complete article.

Scholarship Opportunity for 2017 Collective Impact Convening

The Collective Impact Forum is hosting its 2017 Collective Impact Convening in Boston on May 23-25, 2017.  A 50% reduced-price registration scholarship is available for qualified individuals. All scholarship applications must be completed by 5pm Pacific on Friday, January 6.

Scholarships are to subsidize registration for those whose organizational budgets are less than $500,000, or who are from an underrepresented group within nonprofit leadership. People of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify on the LGBTQIA spectrum are encouraged to apply.

Learn more and apply for a scholarship

Salem seeks to support older residents

Cross-posted from The Boston Globe

Salem is seeking community feedback on a draft plan outlining how the city can best meet the needs of its older residents. The city earlier this year became the third community in Massachusetts to join the American Association of Retired Persons’ national network of Age-Friendly Communities. The plan focuses on how the city will pursue what AARP and the World Health Organization have identified as the “eight domains” of an age-friendly community. Read the full article.

2016 Influencers in Aging

Cross-posted from NextAvenue

Meet Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging. These 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older. Read the full post

Yarmouth seniors, D-Y teens combine for model UN

Cross-posted from Wicked Local Yarmouth
By Conor Powers-Smith

A major emphasis of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Communities initiative is bringing together people of all ages to share thoughts and perspectives. Yarmouth, the first town on the Cape to join the age-friendly network, held one such intergenerational event on Saturday, launching a model UN comprised of local seniors and students at D-Y High School. Continue reading

Building a village in a city for Waltham seniors

Cross-posted from Wicked Local Waltham
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With a growing senior population, what needs to happen to make Waltham a better community for healthy aging? This was the question posed by Brandeis professor Walter Leutz in his recent study, “Healthy Aging in Waltham – Going Places?” Spanning a year and a half from its conception in December 2014 to the final report in May 2016, the study looked at what makes Waltham a good or bad place to grow old and how it can be made better. Read the full post 

Making The Economic Case For Age-Friendly Communities

Cross-posted from The Huffington Post
By John Feather, PhD CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Follow the money. That is my advice to anyone seeking support for livable and age-friendly communities — great places to grow up and grow old.

Age-friendly, livable, lifelong communities have much to offer. Walkability. Good transit and transportation. Affordable, accessible housing. Employment and volunteer opportunities at every age. Well-coordinated health and social services. More ability to age in place. More inclusion and intergenerational connection. People of almost any age value these things, which is one reason the movement is gaining momentum around the world. Continue reading