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MGA Endorses the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Initiative, Highlights Link to Communities

The Massachusetts Gerontology Association (MGA) is announcing its endorsement of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) initiative and the 10 AFU principles that reflect a pioneering international effort intended to highlight the role higher education can play in responding to the needs and interests of our aging population. Continue reading

Nesterly Home-Sharing Platform Expanding Beyond Boston

Nesterly, an inter-generational online matching service for older adults and college students is expanding their service for home-sharing and looking for local partners.

After a successful pilot with the City of Boston, Nesterly is expanding their service to the greater Boston area to include communities like Medford, Somerville, Newton and others. Specifically, Nesterly is looking to identify “hosts” to create listings for spare rooms using their simple signup process and match with an already strong number of students that have created profiles. Continue reading

Boston Globe: Children of today build cities for tomorrow

The Future City annual competition for middle school students  begins with the question: how can we make the world a better place? Each year, a theme provides competing students with more focused direction and for 2018, the theme is “The Age-Friendly City.”

The Boston Globe covered the Massachusetts regional competition, which was held at the State Transportation Building in Boston. Continue reading

Communities Creating Intergenerational Leadership Teams

Many communities want to increase the number and nature of intergenerational initiatives, especially those making commitments to becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. Thanks to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Bridges Together is able to offer funding to communities wishing to partake in an opportunity to place older adults in school classrooms across the state. Continue reading

Yarmouth seniors, D-Y teens combine for model UN

Cross-posted from Wicked Local Yarmouth
By Conor Powers-Smith

A major emphasis of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Communities initiative is bringing together people of all ages to share thoughts and perspectives. Yarmouth, the first town on the Cape to join the age-friendly network, held one such intergenerational event on Saturday, launching a model UN comprised of local seniors and students at D-Y High School. Continue reading

Member Spotlight: Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, LGBT Aging Project

Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, serves as the Director of the LGBT Aging Project.  Read her full bio here.

What is the LGBT Aging Project?
We work to ensure that LGBT older adults and caregivers In Massachusetts have equal access to resources, services, and programs. When we started the LGBT Aging Project in 2001, we realized that the needs of LGBT elders weren’t always understood by mainstream elder care providers, and the LGBT community wasn’t really mindful of older adults. We try to work in three areas: cultural competency training for mainstream elder care providers; community building and civic leadership for LGBT older adults themselves; and public policy and research to change the bigger picture. Continue reading

Embracing Equity in Community Health Improvement

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) released of their newest Policy & Practice report: Embracing Health Equity in Community Health Improvement. This comprehensive resource for health professionals and community-based organizations provides a framework and practical tools for incorporating a health equity agenda into community health improvement work. Source: HRiA

Empowering Seniors

Project RIGHT
Project RIGHT
An emergency preparedness class at Project RIGHT.

To be healthy, seniors have to feel safe and informed. That’s why Project RIGHT created the Grove Hall Senior Empowerment Initiative. The program offers workshops for seniors in the Grove Hall neighborhood, comprising part of Roxbury and North Dorchester. Continue reading