Highlights from Building Age-Friendly Communities: the Summit
Highlights from Building Age-Friendly Communities: The Summit was hosted by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in partnership with The Boston Foundation. The Summit, held March 18, 2015, brought together nearly 400 thought leaders to discuss what it will take for our communities to become age-friendly and how to mobilize partner coalitions in this work.
Importance of Healthy Eating
In recognition of National Nutrition Month in March, this video highlights how healthy eating and lifestyle changes can promote better health. Healthy Eating classes are beneficial in helping older adults learn about portion control, cooking nutritious meals and label reading including education on the different food groups as well as fats and sweets. Participants, like Steve Bennett in this video, also learn goal setting, problem solving and management of dietary patterns. Thank you to Ethos and Kit Clark Senior Services for their participation in this video and to the Boston Elderly Commission, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Montachusett Opportunity Council, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and the Wang YMCA of Chinatown for providing photos.
Managing Diabetes in Older Adults
Thirty two percent of adults age 65 or older in Massachusetts have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report. Diabetes is a chronic disease that can often be effectively managed with lifestyle changes, especially by losing weight and/or maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating healthy foods. In this video, Oree and Steve explain how they’ve managed their diabetes through diabetes self-management classes and fitness programs that have helped them take control of their lives.
Why Transportation is Important for Older Adults
Transportation is essential for defining the quality of life for an older person. In this video, 71-year-old Eleanor explains what it’s like to lose your freedom to drive. Executive directors of Ethos AgeWell West Roxbury and ITNGreaterBoston join the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in discussing how access to affordable and reliable transportation can empower older adults to maintain their independence, increase civic and social participation, and access community and health services.
Advice for Family Caregivers
More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. In this video, executive directors of Ethos AgeWell West Roxbury and Mystic Valley Elder Services join the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in offering resources for family caregivers to get the support they need.
Building Meaningful Connections Across Generations
Intergenerational programs help older adults and young people learn about and respect each other. These programs, such as reading programs where older adults come into schools to read to younger kids, or programs where teens teach older adults computer skills, are a way of giving back and sharing knowledge and experiences.
The Benefits of Tai Chi for Older Adults
The purpose of Tai Chi is to promote strength, improve balance and ultimately prevent falls in older adults. In this video, Ethos Executive Director Dale Mitchell is joined by Tai Chi participants Steve Bennett and Patricia Teahan who talk personally about what they’ve gained from Tai Chi classes. Tai Chi has helped them build their confidence and overcome the fear of falling so they can move around more easily and live independently. This video was filmed during a Tai Chi class led by Ethos at Hebrew SeniorLife.
The Benefits of Healthy Aging Programs
In this video, Dale Mitchell, executive director of Ethos, and Garry Sanon, Fit-4-Life program coordinator for Kit Clark Senior Services, highlight the benefits of healthy aging programs for improving strength, mobility and nutrition. They also explain how these programs help people manage the challenges associated with aging alongside their peers and build new relationships that last beyond the time span of a particular class.
Alleviating Social Isolation in Older Adults
In this video, executive directors of Ethos AgeWell West Roxbury, ITNGreaterBoston and Mystic Valley Elder Services join the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in highlighting the importance of alleviating social isolation through physical and social activities that help people feel better about their lives and have a purpose for getting up every day.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative: Bringing People Together
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a network of diverse stakeholders working to advance healthy aging in the Commonwealth. Learn the benefits of the Collaborative in this short video featuring Michael Doonan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.
Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Highlights Video
Highlights from the forum, Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Charting a Path Forward, held January 24, 2014. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Disruptive Demographics: Technology, Innovation & A New Look at Old Age
Keynote presentation by Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., Director of the MIT AgeLab, at the January 2014 forum, Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Charting a Path Forward, sponsored by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report: Community Profiles 2014
January 2014 presentation of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report by Beth Dugan, Ph.D., associate professor of Gerontology at UMass Boston. Reaction from Secretary Ann Hartstein, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, MA Department of Public Health.