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50 Years In, the Older Americans Act is at a Turning Point

By MA Healthy Aging Collaborative

Update: On July 16, 2015, the Senate passed the bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). This is an important milestone that will help ensure the continuation of vital programs and services for older Americans and their caregivers. Here is Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee’s statement on Senate passage of the OAA reauthorization.

In July 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law. For the past 50 years, the OAA has supported healthy aging by funding a national network of social and nutrition services such as home-delivered and congregate meals, preventive health services, caregiver support, transportation, job training, elder abuse prevention, and more. Continue reading

Assessing the Age-Friendliness of Your Community

By Angel Bourgoin, PhD, JSI | MA Healthy Aging Collaborative website

A crucial step in improving the age-friendliness of your community is to identify its current strengths and areas for improvement. Conducting a community assessment can help you to engage community members, highlight problems as well as their potential solutions, challenge assumptions, and offer credibility to important stakeholders. Conducting a baseline assessment is also one of the first steps to applying to join the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Examples of age-friendly assessments from New York City, Washington D.C., and Portland, Oregon are available online. Continue reading

White House Conference on Aging Hosts Regional Forum in Boston

By MA Healthy Aging Collaborative

On Thursday, May 28, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging hosted its fifth and final Regional Forum in Boston, MA. Older Americans, caregivers, advocates, national and community leaders, and experts convened to discuss the key issues facing older adults today. People across the country tuned in to the live webcast and joined the conversation via Twitter. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Tamy-Feé Meneide

Tamy-Feé Meneide serves on the Executive Task Force of the Multicultural Coalition on Aging. She recently joined the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee to help promote greater diversity and inclusion within the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Tamy-Feé Meneide is currently the clinical research diversity coordinator at the Harvard Aging Brain Study.
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Member Spotlight: Dr. Milagros Abreu

Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of the Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. (LHIP), and serves as a Chair on the committee for diversity of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the executive committee of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. She recently received the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.

You founded the Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP). What is the LHIP?
The LHIP is a nonprofit organization that was founded to address the issue of access to medical care for Latinos in Massachusetts. Latinos are among the most affected populations when it comes to lack of medical coverage. Continue reading

Three New Features in the 2015 Healthy Aging Data Report

By Beth Dugan, PhD, Associate Professor of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

I was proud and excited to present the work that the research team at the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston completed this year.  The 2015 Healthy Aging Data Report was released at the Building Age-Friendly Communities Summit, which was convened by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in partnership with The Boston Foundation. Continue reading

Healthy eating across the lifespan: What the 2015 dietary guidelines may mean for older adults

My Plate for Older Adults

By Elizabeth Costello, MPH, JSI | Project Manager, MA Healthy Aging Collaborative website

Most of us know the healthy diet drill by now: Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. But if you have been avoiding eggs in order to limit your cholesterol intake, you may be interested in the recent advisory report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which suggests that within the context of current intake levels, dietary cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern” for overconsumption. However, this does not mean you can eat all the eggs you want – one a day or two every other day is fine. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Dr. Frank Caro

Dr. Frank Caro is co-founder of the Brookline Community Aging Network, a volunteer-driven organization with a mission to make Brookline a better place to grow old.

What is the Brookline Community Aging Network?
The Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) is a collaboration among Brookline residents, the Brookline Council on Aging, and a cluster of nonprofit organizations that are all concerned with the well-being of older people in Brookline. It’s part of an international effort, sometimes described as the Village Movement, which represents activities at the community level to make conditions favorable for older people to continue living successfully in those communities. Within the Village movement, BrooklineCAN is distinctive in its effort to be inclusive of all who are interested (membership is a nominal $25 per year), its emphasis on services already provided by Brookline’s Senior Center, its attention to Brookline as a whole as a good place for older people to live, and its reliance on volunteers. Continue reading

Nutrition for Older Adults: 5 Simple Tips for Healthier Eating

By Angel Bourgoin, PhD, Consultant, JSI

March is National Nutrition Month!

Healthy eating, together with physical activity, is important to leading a healthy lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, and nuts can also help reduce the risk of many health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

It’s important to remember that healthy eating is not about following a strict diet or depriving yourself of the foods that you love. The fact is that eating is fun! It’s an essential, enjoyable part of life.  Continue reading

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Cross-posted from Hebrew SeniorLife
By Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D., Hebrew SeniorLife

February is American Heart Health month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. This amazing organ needs to be protected and properly cared for to remain healthy for years to come. Continue reading