MHAC is continuing to collect and share updates on COVID-19 from the state government, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, and other key stakeholders.

Updatesrelatedto COVID-19 are available on the “News” section of our website. They are intended to help and inform a wide range of individuals and partners, including communities working to become more age- and dementia-friendly.

Priority COVID-19 Guidance 
COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

If you are over the age of 12 and live, work, or study in Massachusetts, you can get vaccinated. The COVID-19 Vaccine is free. You don’t need an ID or insurance to get the vaccine. People age 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. People age 18 and older can get any vaccine. You can use this site to find a vaccination location near you.

As adults age, it’s important to keep immunizations up to date. Immunity can wear off over time, making older adults vulnerable to illness and disease. With a goal to raise awareness around services and supports for older adults and caregivers, the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition and MHAC partnered to create an informational resource available in multiple languages that will be distributed at COVID-19 vaccination sites managed by CIC Health.

COVID-19 Resources

The resources below are broken down into priority guidance for all stakeholders and by Age- and Dementia Friendly theme. Additional and more general resources relative to these themes are available in an online toolkit here.

Those interested in accessing funding opportunities can visit the Philanthropy Massachusetts webpage on “Disaster and Emergency Relief Resource.”

Resources by Age- and Dementia-Friendly Theme
  1. Access, Equity, and Cultural Inclusion
  1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  1. Housing
  1. Social Inclusion and Participation
  1. Transportation
  1. Civic Participation and Employment
  • AARP: 2020 CensusResources in multiple languages and Census-related job opportunities
  1. Communication and Information
  • World Health OrganizationSocial stigma associated with COVID-19
  • Frameworks Institute – Framing COVID-19. Communication tips courtesy of “Changing the Narrative” of Colorado and Janine Vanderberg.
  • Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH – Virtual Programs and support groups for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Alzhiemer’s Association Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900 to help anyone needing assistance with dementia-related challenges during this difficult time.
  • AARP TeleTown Halls Access a weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall here on Thursdays at 1 p.m. ET. Please bookmark this page> and join them each week for the latest information on the coronavirus by calling toll-free 855-274-9507. All of these virtual events are recorded and available on the same webpage to listen live.
  1. Services (Business, Health, and Community)
  1. Public Safety