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, aging in place, Massachusetts
This workbook is intended as a tool and resource to empower homeowners to identify, plan, and implement home renovations to allow them to age safely, independently, and comfortably in their own homes for as long as they wish.
Tags: Massachusetts, older drivers, Transportation
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
Tags: Massachusetts, Multicultural Aging, Transportation
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
Tags: Massachusetts, Vision Loss/Blindness, Volunteerism
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.
Tags: Family Caregiving, Massachusetts, Professional Organizations
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.
Tags: Family Caregiving, Massachusetts
This website links to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Caregiver Support Page, which provides resources about caregiving.
Tags: Education, Massachusetts, Transportation
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles provides information and resources for older drivers, including workshops, driving evaluations, and alternatives to driving.
Tags: Arts in Aging, Healthy Aging Forum, Massachusetts, Mental Health, Physical Activity, Reducing Isolation, Social Engagement
Format: PDF, Presentation
View this poster presented at the 2014 Healthy Aging Forum, “Dance for Health: Promoting Physical, Mental, and Social Well-Being for Older Adults in Southwest Boston.”