Tag Archives: Massachusetts

March 2020
Age- and Dementia Friendly Community Examples and Initiatives in Massachusetts
Tags: Massachusetts
Format: Website

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
  • Salemlegacy 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.



September 2016
Berkshire County Residential Aging in Place Workbook
Tags: Age-Friendly Communities, aging in place, Massachusetts
Format: PDF

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.

Source: www.berkshireplanning.org

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

November 2014
Addressing Health Equity in the Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects
Tags: Massachusetts, Multicultural Aging, Transportation
Format: PDF

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

November 2014
Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tags: Massachusetts, Vision Loss/Blindness, Volunteerism
Format: Website

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.

November 2014
Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition
Tags: Family Caregiving, Massachusetts, Professional Organizations
Format: Website

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.

November 2014
Caregiving MetroWest
Tags: Family Caregiving, Massachusetts
Format: Website

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.

November 2014
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs – Caregiver support
Tags: Family Caregiving, Massachusetts
Format: Website

This website links to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Caregiver Support Page, which provides resources about caregiving.

June 2014
MassDOT’s Registry of Motor Vehicles – Mature Drivers
Tags: Education, Massachusetts, Transportation
Format: Website

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles provides information and resources for older drivers, including workshops, driving evaluations, and alternatives to driving.

March 2014
Dance for Health: Promoting Physical, Mental and Social Well-­Being for Older Adults in Southwest Boston
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.”