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“State of Grandfamilies 2022” Report Reveals Households Led by Grandparents Experience Food Insecurity at Twice the National Rate

According to the “State of Grandfamilies 2022”  report released by Generations United, the 2.5 million children in the United States growing up in “grandfamilies” face higher rates of hunger and food insecurity than their peers.

Grandfamilies are families in which children are being raised by relatives – grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or close friends – without their parents in the home. In fact, 25 percent of grandparent-headed households experienced food insecurity between 2019 and 2020. That is more than twice the national rate. Food insecurity negatively impacts a child’s ability to learn and grow and has long-term health implications. Continue reading

Join MHAC for Virtual Open Network and Advisory Council Meeting on 12/6

Join the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative for updates on the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement across Massachusetts along with presentations from Boston Indicators on “Care Work in Massachusetts,” and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University on their recent report “Advancing Housing and Health Equity for Older Adults: Pandemic Innovations and Policy Ideas.” Continue reading

Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program Announced by Mass Broadband Institute

The Mass Broadband Institute (MBI) has announced the Municipal Digital Equity Planning Program to enable municipalities, or other local bodies of government, to engage in planning activities related to digital equity and bridging the digital divide.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become age- and dementia friendly, councils on aging, and other local stakeholders engaged in promoting inclusive healthy aging activities to work with their municipal government on this program. Continue reading

SNAP Advocacy Guide Developed by Mass Law Reform Institute

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) developed a SNAP Advocacy Guide that outlines the core eligibility rules for SNAP including: how to apply, what proofs are needed, how much income is counted and benefits calculated, how the household composition rules work and more. It also includes  advocacy tips on how to fix SNAP problems, such as inaccurate denials, inappropriate verification demands, how to file an appeal and what happens in a hearing.

This guide is an excellent tool and reference for communities working to become age- and dementia friendly that are focused on food access. Continue reading

Provide Feedback on the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers.

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones. The public is invited to comment on the strategy by November 30th.

The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE  Family Caregiving  Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and will evolve with the caregiving landscape. Continue reading

Celebrating and Recognizing November as National Family Caregivers Month

Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.

In support of the more than one million Massachusetts residents who provide frequent or daily care to their family members, the Baker Administration has proclaimed November 2022 as Family Caregivers Month in the Commonwealth. Continue reading