By Michael Doonan, PhD, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Forum
Something exciting is happening. There is growing action, energy, and engagement of people and organizations to make Massachusetts a leader in healthy aging. The goal is nothing short of reducing isolation, banishing ageism, and promoting active and engaged lifestyles and opportunities throughout the lifespan. Continue reading
By Ruth Palombo, Senior Health Policy Officer, Tufts Health Plan Foundation
I just got back from a wonderful conference on positive aging sponsored by the Institute for the Ages in Sarasota, FL. My mind is still swirling. One theme that so many of the speakers addressed was purpose – having a reason to get up every day. It seems so simple, but often we become very distracted and lose sight of what is important and what matters most in our lives. Continue reading
By Walter Leutz, Heller School, Brandeis University
Last week I went to a meeting of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence advisory board meeting, and I met fellow board member George Iannuzzo, who is a graduate of the Chronic Disease Self-management Program. He is on the board in part to represent the CDSMP experience, and he did it well – pointing to his dog-eared CDSMP class book as his bible and relating how his CDSMP group has transitioned into a social support group that has continued and expanded three years after the class ended. He was an articulate and forceful embodiment of the learning, empowerment and social support that these groups foster. Continue reading
By Elizabeth Dugan, PhD, Associate Professor of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
The Healthy Aging research team at the Gerontology Institute of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston is so excited to release our research reporting nearly 100 indicators for 367 communities in Massachusetts. For the first time ever, every city and town, plus the 16 Boston neighborhoods, have a unique report of healthy aging and can compare their scores to state averages. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE) launched a redesigned website in January at www.healthyliving4me.org. The new website makes it easier for older adults to learn about evidence-based healthy aging programs offered in their community and to register for upcoming workshops.
By Elizabeth Costello, JSI; Project Manager, www.mahealthyagingcollaborative.org
Welcome to the new online home of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative! We’re thrilled to share this website with you today after many months of development. In 2012, members of the Collaborative identified the need for a website to facilitate year-round communication and networking among members and other healthy aging professionals. In May 2013, JSI began working with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative to make this website a reality.