AARP Announces Resource on Creating Community Gardens for People of All Ages

Creating Community Gardens for People of All Ages — a 32-page publication by AARP Livable Communities with 8 80 Cities — can help elected officials, government staff, nonprofit organizations and neighbors in all sorts of places build and sustain community gardens as inclusive, intergenerational outdoor spaces.

The publication includes a local example from the Urban Farming Institute in Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester. Their “Grow Box Initiative” was funded through a previous AARP Community Challenge Grant. Continue reading

2023 Housing Choice Communities Designation Application Now Open

The Department of Housing and Community Development is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 Housing Choice Communities Designation application. Age-and dementia friendly community efforts that include improving housing options are encouraged to support and advocate within their cities and towns for this recognition, which provides access and priority in relevant state funding opportunities. Continue reading

New AARP Report: Understanding a Changing Older Workforce

Nearly all older workers seek and choose employment with meaning, according to a new report from AARP, but the COVID-19 pandemic made people realize the importance of a better work-life balance – more so than doing work that is meaningful.

The report, called “Understanding a Changing Older Workforce: An Examination of Workers Ages 40-Plus,” seeks to understand older workers’ reasons for working, perceptions of job security, differential treatment due to age, ideal work scenario, and plans for retirement in the wake of “the great resignation” and in an era of record low unemployment.

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Lessons for Enhancing Service Coordination in HUD-Assisted Senior Housing Communities

A new research brief from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston offers a wide range of lessons to help housing communities implement a service coordination model developed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in which the “role of the service coordinator has evolved to a more proactive level of coordination, engagement, outreach, assistance, and case management.” Continue reading

Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Challenge Program Announced by MeHI

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) is seeking digital health startups to compete in the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Challenge Program. The first Challenge is aimed at finding unique digital health solutions that improve the lives of older adults and help them remain active, productive, independent, and socially connected.

Challenge finalists will compete for prizes worth $200,000 Continue reading