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Healthy Living Center of Excellence Recognized by NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is honoring more than a dozen women, men, and organizations around the country who are working toward a just and caring society that allows all of us to age with dignity, purpose, and security. Among the honorees is the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a partner and Executive Committee member of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading

Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care

AARP’s Public Policy Institute announced a follow-up study that builds on the landmark Home Alone study, which was the first national look at how family caregivers are managing medical/nursing tasks, such as managing medications, changing dressings, and other tasks in the home setting, that are typically performed by trained professionals in hospitals.

The new study – called Home Alone Revisited, focuses on cross-generational and multicultural caregivers and provides a list of 10 recommendations based on their findings.

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AARP Wins Award for Video Celebrating Men as Family Caregivers

AARP recently won a prominent “Sharecare Award” for its video spotlighting men as family caregivers, raising attention to an often hidden but vitally important group of people.

Co-produced with AARP Studios, the 3-minute video offers an inside look at a gathering of African-American men from Philadelphia who support one another and openly share their unique challenges. Continue reading

The Conversation Project Releases ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ Video

Discussing end-of-life care planning with loved ones is inherently difficult and not usually thought of as humorous, but the Conversation Project has released a video that finds the funny side of how people attempt to bring up the subject.

The video – called “Practice Makes Perfect” – features a handful of subjects speaking into the mirror to practice how they would start the conversation of end-of-life care with their family members. It starts out with some well-meaning, but awkward attempts to raise the issue. While it begins with humor, the video concludes with some of the “best practice” suggestions for more successful ways to broach the matter.

See the video below and visit the Conversation Project’s website for their helpful toolkits.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Caregiving Around the Clock” is the theme announced by the Caregiver Action Network for National Family Caregiving Month through November 2017.

The Caregiving Month webpage includes plenty of ways for organizations and providers to celebrate and raise awareness, and has tools and videos for caregivers themselves. As we work to promote an Age- and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts, the Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages support for caregivers and has helpful guides available on our Resource Library. Continue reading