Following a rigorous independent review process, CitySites, the signature intergenerational program offered by Boston nonprofit LBFE Boston | Little Brothers –Friends of the Elderly, has been named one of 11 Programs of Distinction by Generations United, a national nonprofit, whose mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all. Continue reading
ACL Accepting Applications to Identify Exemplary Kinship and Grandfamily Policies, Practices, and Programs
Funded by Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network helps government agencies and nonprofits within states, tribes, and territories work across boundaries to improve supports and services for families in which grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends are raising children.
The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is identifying and designating exemplary kinship and grandfamilies policies, practices, and programs, with the goal of sharing replicable strategies with others. The Network encourages applications from government agencies in states, tribes, and territories, as well as kinship navigator programs and other community-based organizations that serve kinship and grandfamilies. Continue reading
Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages stakeholders and communities involved in the age- and dementia friendly movement to check out the following upcoming events: Continue reading
Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging – April
Check out the following events that can help promote inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities! Continue reading
Pew Research Center Examines Reasons U.S. Adults Live in Multigenerational Households
With a combination of Census and survey data, Pew Research Center examined the experiences of multigenerational households, including who lives in these types of arrangements and why they do so.
According to the report resulting from that analysis, census data from 1971-2021 shows the number of people living in multigenerational family households quadrupled over that time, reaching 59.7 million in March 2021. The share more than doubled as well, to 18% of the U.S. population. Continue reading
‘State of Grandfamilies 2021’ Report Released by Generations United
According to a new report by Generations United, 2.6 million children live in “grandfamilies,” meaning children are raised by relatives or close family friends without their parents in the home. Continue reading
‘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.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Initial Report to Congress Now Available
On November 16, 2021, appropriately during National Family Caregiving Month, the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren released its initial report to Congress.
This report outlines the joys, challenges, gaps, and unmet needs faced by kin and grandparent caregivers. It also describes federal programs currently available to assist them and provides 22 recommendations for better supporting kinship families and grandfamilies. Those recommendations are broken into five key areas below: Continue reading
Lasell Village, University Featured by AARP for Creating Intergenerational Connections
Lasell Village, a senior living community on the campus of 1,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students in Newton, has been routinely recognized as a model of intergenerational activity. Once again, the community and its programming are being highlighted – this time by AARP in a recent blog post. Continue reading
Mass. Senate Releases “Reimagining the Future of Massachusetts” Report with Focus on Digital Equity, Intergenerational Activity and Caregiving
Following a series of listening sessions held during the pandemic, the Senate Committee on Reimagining Massachusetts Post-Pandemic Resiliency released its report with policy and spending recommendations on everything from rental assistance to digital equity. Continue reading