Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH Hosting Virtual New England Family Conference

Join the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH for a free, virtual conference for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. Sessions will feature notable guest speakers and include a panel of persons living with early stage dementia. Topics include tips and strategies to living well with cognitive changes, use of expressive therapies and mindfulness practice to live well, a caregiver panel, how to approach resistance to care, and creating a healthy and safe environment for living with dementia. 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

Baker Administration Implements Behavioral Health Roadmap, Launches 24/7 Behavioral Health Helpline

The Baker Administration announced the implementation of its Roadmap for Behavioral Health Reform with the opening of 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs), community-based crisis intervention services, and launch of the 24/7 Behavioral Health Help Line. This marks a historic development in access to behavioral health services across the Commonwealth. Continue reading

MHAC 2022 Year in Review

Thanks to our statewide, cross-sector network of partners and support from Point32 Health Foundation, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative continues to work to address the unique age- and dementia friendly needs, context and opportunities within communities, regions and Massachusetts as a state. Continue reading

MHAC Recognized as an Age-Friendly Public Health System Champion

Through its Age-Friendly Public Health Systems (AFPHS) initiative, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) prioritizes the public health roles in healthy aging and encourages all state and local public health departments to make healthy aging a core function. TFAH also recognizes “champions” that work to understand the initiative through a series of trainings. Recently, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) has been recognized as an Age-Friendly Public Health Systems Champion for completing these trainings. Continue reading

US HHS Emphasizes Addressing Disparities and Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the annual release of the Department’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2022 Update – PDF. Through the National Plan, HHS and its federal partners work to improve the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) research, support people living with dementia and their caregivers, and encourage action to reduce risk factors. Continue reading