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Connecting Generations in Senior Housing

This toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Generations United provides practical information, guidance, and templates to help senior housing providers, and other organizations serving older adults, implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit elders and young people in their communities. Continue reading

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.

Addressing Health Equity in the Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects

Source: Diverse Elders Coalition
Report by Community Catalyst

“The healthcare world is changing; providers who have been serving a certain population are now serving a completely new population, a more diverse population. When you talk about cultural competency, what you really need to look at is what the customs, beliefs and values of these individuals are.”     Dr. Terri Mack-Biggs, Geriatrician, Hospice of Detroit, Michigan

Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s (MABVI) mission is to work with individuals with vision loss to eliminate barriers and create opportunities. The MABVI website contains information about living with vision loss, community events, fact sheets, resources, volunteer opportunities and more.

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition

The Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition’s (MLRC) mission is to promote and support access to quality respite care options that enhance the lives of individuals and families with special needs throughout the lifespan. Their website contains resources for caregivers, caregiver stories, and more.

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.