As part of continuing efforts to identify transportation access, usage and disparities that impact diverse groups, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched a national equity, diversity and inclusion transportation survey.
The survey gauged opinions and obtain information from a representative sample of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. Continue reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). To address them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a COVID-19 toolkit with communication resources explaining in plain language how people with IDD and caregivers can protect themselves from the virus. Continue reading
In light of the arrival of new immigrants from Afghanistan, the National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) has collected and shared resources for advocates to help deliver trauma-informed services and better understand eligibility issues, available services, and asserting language access rights. Continue reading
For age-friendly communities working to support local older veterans or work with community-based veterans’ agents, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is highlighting a need for attention to service members, Veterans, military-connected families, and caregivers who may be feeling a wide range of emotions as the tragic events unfold in the fall of Afghanistan. Continue reading
Periodically, the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative shares funding opportunities that help communities become more age- and dementia friendly.
Thanks once again to our partners at MassMobility for highlighting the following grant programs: Continue reading
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has announced its fifth annual photo contest with a theme of “Celebrating Diversity in Transportation.” The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become age-and dementia friendly to submit photos that highlight caregivers and diverse older adults. Continue reading
Overall, more people think their local area is doing a good job than a poor job meeting the needs of older adults when it comes to many services, including health care, healthy food and nutrition, social activities, transportation, and in-home supports, according to a new study from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Crucially, however, it finds that non-white adults and those in lower-income households hold more negative evaluations of how well their community provides many of these services. Continue reading
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin to states’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies reaffirming that the 2019 Public Charge Final Rule – “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” – is no longer in effect and states should encourage their eligible immigrant populations to access public benefits related to health and housing. Continue reading
The “Caring for Those Who Care” webinar trainings, in partnership with the Diverse Elders Coalition, is halfway through the six-part series.
Please join us, AARP Massachusetts and the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., who serve as the co-chairs of MHAC’s Equity in Aging Committee, for the remaining webinars below: Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative’s Equity in Aging Committee, including AARP Massachusetts and the Public Health Institute of Western MA, is continuing its series of webinars with the Diverse Elders Coalition titled, “Caring for Those who Care.” Continue reading