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
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
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
At a recent meeting, a usually shy volunteer member brought a note given to her by a student that expressed how much the student loved and would miss her when the school year ends. This note is now proudly hanging on her fridge as a daily reminder of her impact on a child’s life. This is one of many examples of the social connection between generations that is created at Generations Incorporated. Continue reading
Six months after retiring from her position as an administrator at a Jamaica Plain early education program, 70-year-old Lorna Backas was restless. “I just couldn’t stay home anymore so I applied for a volunteer position reading to kids,” said Lorna. “Everything changed from there.” Continue reading
In Sheffield, Massachusetts, students and older adults gathered at the Sheffield Senior Center to celebrate and present their Senior Life History Projects to friends and family. The Senior Life History Project, developed by Community Health Programs in Berkshire County, is a unique program bringing generations together to learn about each other in order to create a Senior Life History Scrapbook detailing the older adult’s life. Continue reading