As part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic – including a website with helpful information for older adults – AARP announced a $250,000 donation to Meals on Wheels America to support urgently needed outreach to isolated seniors.
The gift is significant because it will allow Meals on Wheels America to boost the organizational capacity of the network to provide in-home meals to the most at-risk older population during this time of crisis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that older Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Councils on Aging have announced two opportunities to join the association’s staff supporting the councils across the state. Please see these opportunities below and pass along to any who may be interested. Continue reading
TIME Magazine published an article examining a national trend of an aging population contrasted with support for home-delivered and group meals that lag behind the demographic shift and inflation. Continue reading
New Bedford is helping to lead the way for Age- and Dementia Friendly Community efforts in Massachusetts and will soon be benefiting from a partnership between the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Health eVillages, a non-profit organization that provides free, state-of-the-art medical mobile technology to underserved areas.
This collaboration will help reduce food insecurity by enabling local volunteers in nine states to conduct home visits and outreach events using mobile tablets for SNAP eligibility assessments and applications. Continue reading
Food access can be a concern in many communities working to become Age- and Dementia Friendly, but the Massachusetts Food Trust Program reached a milestone in funding its first projects, which will address and improve how people across the state get their hands on healthy eating options. Continue reading
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Food Access has created food resource maps in six languages for each of the city’s neighborhoods with a goal of improving the availability to healthy eating options for all residents.
The Massachusetts Municipal Association highlighted the maps in a recent article in their “Community Corner” newsletter that promotes best practices and examples that other cities and towns can follow. The Healthy Aging Collaborative is recognizing the Boston Food Access Maps as a best practice specifically for Age-Friendly Communities. Continue reading
Cross-Posted from Sunrise Senior Living
By Julia Little
Growing old presents new challenges to staying healthy and in good spirits. By following these tips, seniors can minimize the risk of getting sick, less independent or unhappy in their golden years. Continue reading
Milagros Abreu, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of the Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. (LHIP), and serves as a Chair on the committee for diversity of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the executive committee of the Healthy Aging Collaborative. She recently received the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.
You founded the Latino Health Insurance Program (LHIP). What is the LHIP?
The LHIP is a nonprofit organization that was founded to address the issue of access to medical care for Latinos in Massachusetts. Latinos are among the most affected populations when it comes to lack of medical coverage. Continue reading
By Elizabeth Costello, MPH, JSI | Project Manager, MA Healthy Aging Collaborative website
Most of us know the healthy diet drill by now: Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. But if you have been avoiding eggs in order to limit your cholesterol intake, you may be interested in the recent advisory report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which suggests that within the context of current intake levels, dietary cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern” for overconsumption. However, this does not mean you can eat all the eggs you want – one a day or two every other day is fine. Continue reading
By Angel Bourgoin, PhD, Consultant, JSI
March is National Nutrition Month!
Healthy eating, together with physical activity, is important to leading a healthy lifestyle. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy, and nuts can also help reduce the risk of many health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
It’s important to remember that healthy eating is not about following a strict diet or depriving yourself of the foods that you love. The fact is that eating is fun! It’s an essential, enjoyable part of life. Continue reading