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First-of-its-Kind Rural Policy Plan for Massachusetts Includes Age-Friendly in Recommendations

The state’s Rural Policy Advisory Commission engaged in a comprehensive program of research and outreach over a two-year period, including listening sessions at ten locations across the Commonwealth in late 2018 and continuing in 2019 with over 20 focused stakeholder meetings to refine the information and develop the recommendations in
this first of its kind Rural Policy Plan for Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is excited that the Commission accepted its recommendations along with input from cities, towns and stakeholders in MHAC’s network to encourage rural communities to join the Age-Friendly movement – specifically pursuing the Age- and Dementia Friendly Community Compact Program.

The Community Compact is a best practice initiative for municipalities and regions established by the Baker Administration. This program has the potential for funding support and technical assistance. One of the choices among the best practices is Age-and Dementia Friendly.

The inclusion of Age-Friendly in this report also speaks to the state’s Age-Friendly Action Plan, which endeavors to embed “aging in all policies” across agencies and initiatives.

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National Institute on Aging Awards $53.4 Million to Brown University, Hebrew SeniorLife to Advance Dementia Research

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded a five-year grant expected to total $53.4 million to Brown University and Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) to lead a nationwide effort to improve health care and quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as their caregivers. Continue reading

CDC Releases Spanish Language Infographics on Caregiving and Subjective Cognitive Decline

In concert with National Hispanic Heritage Month, CDC has released Spanish Language versions of Caregiving and Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) Infographics using 2015–2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.

The Spanish language infographics are available for national estimates and specifically for Hispanic adults. Continue reading

Updated Memory Cafe Toolkit Available from JF&CS

Communities across Massachusetts have established Memory Cafes, which are free social programs for people living with dementia and those who care about them.

An updated version of the Memory Cafe Toolkit for those starting or maintaining these programs is now live at www.jfcsboston.org/MemoryCafeToolkit (English) and at www.jfcsboston.org/GuiaCafeDeMemoria (Spanish). Continue reading