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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Shared Streets & Spaces, Commonwealth Places, Mass Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is excited to promote a fourth round of the Shared Streets & Spaces Grant Program from the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

The program, which awards bonus points for projects that are inclusive of older adults,  provides funding to municipalities and public transit authorities to quickly implement improvements to plazas, sidewalks, curbs, streets, bus stops, parking areas, and other public spaces in support of public health, safe mobility, and strengthened commerce. Continue reading

Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative 2021 Year in Review

While our state, community-based and organizational partners continue to respond to a constantly-evolving context, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is proud to convene a statewide cross-sector network of stakeholders that can share information, build partnerships and take collective action. The network continues to serve as an ecosystem for collaboration, partnership and productive dot-connecting – even in the face of seemingly perpetual adjustments. Continue reading

Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

There are always opportunities to access education and training that can help your community or organization become more age- and dementia friendly. Check out the following events listed below:

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‘Quick and Creative Street Projects’ Report from Barr, Solomon Foundations Display Impact of Local Projects

Among the ways communities adapted during the pandemic was to make simple, but impactful changes to streets and public spaces that spurred economic activity, improved walkability and enhanced safe gathering spaces.

The Barr Foundation and the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation released a report called “Quick and Creative Street Projects: Measuring the Impact in Mass,” which puts on display a number of local projects that made it easier to get outside, commute and meet.

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Seeking Statewide Input for the ReiMAgine Aging Year Three Progress Report

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs is leading a team that is looking to capture the incredible age- and dementia-friendly work done across the Commonwealth for our collective annual progress report for ReiMAgine Aging, the Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan.

The upcoming version will be the third year of the progress report that reflect work from communities, regions, organizational partners and a range of stakeholders from all parts of the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association Offering Dementia Awareness Training for First Responders

Communities working to become more age and dementia friendly can invite their local first responders to join the Alzheimer’s Association for an upcoming training in becoming Dementia-Friendly as part of your city, town or regional initiative.

The goal of this training, titled “Understand, Approach & Respond: Effective Interventions for First Responders in Working with People and Families Living with Dementia,” is to educate Fire and EMS personnel on the impact that Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias may have on individuals and communities. Continue reading