A Report on Demographics, Programs, and Services for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Commonwealth: What We Have and What We Need

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and
the Tufts Health Plan Foundation convened a summit on May 9, 2016 that brought together
leaders from 84 organizations interested in age-friendly and dementia-friendly work. A need identified at the Summit was for a comprehensive look at the work currently being done on agefriendly and dementia-friendly activities. This report addresses this need by highlighting findings of an environmental scan (i.e., in-depth inventory) of dementia-friendly and age-friendly communities conducted between August 2016 and January 2017 by a research team at the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston led by professors Beth Dugan and Nina Silverstein. Our aim is to not “reinvent the wheel,” but to facilitate and accelerate stakeholder progress in making Massachusetts a great place to grow up and grow old in.

Tips for Advocates of Limited English Proficient Older Adults

Over five million older adults across the country are Limited English Proficient (LEP). LEP older adults do not speak English as their primary language or they have a limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand English. The number of LEP older adults is growing. Federal and state laws protect the vital right to receive health information in a language one understands. However, many barriers make it difficult for older adults to assert these rights, impairing their ability to understand their healthcare and make decisions. This ultimately leads to poorer health outcomes and health disparities. This Practice Tip offers advice to advocates and counselors working with LEP older adults to better assert their language access rights.

The Pets for the Elderly Foundation

Pets for the Elderly Foundation works to provide companionship to seniors through pet ownership, while also saving animals from shelters.

Caregiving MetroWest

Caregiving Metrowest is a website devoted to caregivers of elders is 25 MetroWest towns of Massachusetts. The website provides information, connection to resources and community support.

Caregiver Action Network

This website provides resources and information about caregiving, in addition to volunteer opportunities.

Exercise for Seniors

This resource provides information about the benefits of exercise and physical activity for seniors. Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

Exercise and Fitness Over 50

This guide provides exercise and fitness tips and resources related to healthy aging. Source: