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June 2016
Age-Friendly Boston: Assessing need and charting a course of action
Tags: None
Format: PDF

The Age-Friendly Boston iinitiative challenges the city’s public agencies, community groups, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions to consider how changes to policy and practice can enhance the quality of life for Boston’s aging residents. This report focuses on Boston residents’ feedback on growing older in Boston and shares the results of a 12 month needs assessment addressing the age-friendliness of Boston.

Source: Age-Friendly Boston

May 2016
Brookline Age-Friendly City Program Biannual Report: 2014-2015
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities
Format: PDF

This document provides an update on the second and third years of the Brookline (MA) Age-Friendly City initiative.

April 2016
Celebrate the Voices video
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, Boston
Format: Video

This video from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Design for Aging Committee and Age-Friendly Boston  gives older adults a voice by highlighting several older adults from different walks of life sharing their own stories of life in Boston.

April 2016
Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, Evaluation
Format: Report, Website

The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed an Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide as part of its commitment to promote the Age-Friendly Community model throughout Canada.  The guide provides information and tools to measure indicators of age-friendliness.  43 outcome indicators that are based on the eight domains of AFC are identified in the guide to help communities measure the progress of their age-friendly activities.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

March 2016
The Case for Age-Friendly Communities
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, GIA
Format: PDF

This report from Grantmakers in Aging sets the stage and provides a value-proposition for age-friendly communities.

February 2016
Our Parents, Ourselves: Health Care for an Aging Population
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, chronic disease, Dementia, older adults
Format: PDF

This report, supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, explores the care experienced by older adults in the U.S., including the number and types of care providers they see, along with the frequency with which they have contact with the health care system. It identifies areas where improvements are most needed and recognizes areas in which improvements are already under way. Finally, it notes challenges and opportunities presented by people with multiple chronic conditions and dementia. Source: Dartmouth Atlas

February 2016
Collective Impact Forum
Tags: Collective impact, Communities of Practice, Environment, social, Trainings
Format: Website

The Collective Impact Forum is a resource for people and organizations using the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems. Supported by a partnership with FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, the Collective Impact Forum hosts events, trainings, communities of practice, and an online community that provides a platform for learning and sharing with others doing collective impact. The Collective Impact Forum resource library hosts nearly 300 resources, all accessible for free, including reports, webinars, videos, podcasts, and toolkits to support practitioners, funders, and partnering organizations with their work.

January 2016
Older Adults: Tips for Caregivers
Tags: Family Caregiving
Format: Website

The “Tips for Caregivers” section of CDC’s Health Literacy website has a list of resources for caregivers who serve older adults. For example, the Palliative Care Communication Institute created “A Communication Guide for Caregivers” to help families talk about cancer and get much needed care and support. View this website for more information and tips for caregivers. (Source: CDC)

December 2015
Older Driver Safety Report 2015
Tags: Massachusetts, older drivers, Transportation
Format: PDF

This report distills information from more than 40 presentations from the 2015 Older Driver Safety Summit, covering four interrelated topics related to safer driving for older adults: infrastructure, medical issues, mobility, and policy. Source: UMass Boston Gerontology Institute

October 2015
Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, aging in place
Format: PDF

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices is a research report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP Public Policy Institute  that offers state legislators and officials examples of state laws, policies, and programs that foster aging in place. Source: AARP