MHAC intends to keep a running list of available online resources shared by Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities that can serve as examples for others. This includes sample assessments, action plans and exciting ongoing initiatives.
We will update this resource as other communities and regions share their learned lessons and goals.
- Berkshires –action plan, survey results and other helpful resources.
- Boston –action plan, progress reports and innovative initiatives.
- Brookline – The Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) website includes reports, resources and initiatives.
- Cape Ann – An aligned age-and dementia friendly initiative covering a four-community region (Essex, Gloucester, Manchester, Rockport) – includes sample survey for residents and businesses, along with action plan.
- Dedham – action plan and specific initiatives identified by the community.
- New Bedford – action plan and supporting documents
- Peabody – action plan
- Salem – legacy website includes assessment tools and newer “Salem for All Ages” website includes current initiatives and progress reports.
- Springfield – Age-Friendly report includes dementia friendly and age-friendly health system collaboration.
- West Springfield – aligned age- and dementia friendly initiative and action plan.
- Yarmouth – committee embedded in town government. Meeting minutes and agendas.
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, webinar
This webinar was first in the series from Grantmakers in Aging designed to encourage greater philanthropic engagement in age-friendly efforts across the country. This installment features two age-friendly initiatives underway in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Presenters: Kelly Laflamme, Program Director, Endowment for Health, Concord, New Hampshire; James Fuccione, Senior Director, MHAC.
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Dementia-Friendly
The Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative (DMFI) is a whole-community response to creating dementia friendly communities. Dementia friendly communities are safe, informed, and respectful and engage all members of the community to meet the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia to remain part of the fabric of our vibrant community life. The DMFI is convened by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and many partner organizations.
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, Alzheimer's Disease, Arthritis, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Fall Prevention, Physical Activity
This resource provides information on the health benefits of swimming for people of all ages. It also shares the benefits of swimming for those with arthritis, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
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
Tags: Collective impact, Communities of Practice, Environment, social, Trainings
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.
Tags: Family Caregiving
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)