Nationwide, older adults are being cautioned to keep their distance from children because of the heightened risk of infection from COVID-19. But for some families—grandfamilies—that distance is impossible.
Facing a Pandemic: Families Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond elevates the unique needs of grandfamilies amplified by the pandemic. These grandfamily caregivers are the first line of defense for children during the pandemic, having stepped in when parents cannot raise them for many reasons, including cases where children’s parents have died from the COVID-19 virus. Continue reading
Through grant funding, collaboration, and technical support, communities across Massachusetts have an opportunity to support residents of all ages in remaining physically active and socially engaged this winter.
The pandemic has heightened the awareness and importance of social engagement, which cities and towns can promote with a new guide developed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, WalkBoston and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading
As part of several workgroups and initiatives to address the digital divide among older adults – an issue that has been heightened during the pandemic – the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative recently co-hosted a webinar with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs on “Understanding Technology as a Social Determinant of Health.”
The webinar featured research from a team of professors and students at Babson College that focused on equitable technology access and utilization for older adults. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative promotes funding opportunities as they become available that support communities and stakeholders in creating more inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities. Below are the latest round of these opportunities: Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative periodically shares job postings from our network, by request. Please see two job opportunities below: Continue reading
New results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging find that more than 80% of those polled say they commonly experience at least one form of ageism in their day-to-day lives. Continue reading
AARP Massachusetts is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals age 50 and older who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Continue reading
According to the Trust for Public Land, Boston ranks ninth among all US cities on their ParkScore Index that ranks communities based on accessibility to parks and recreation facilities.
Cities of all sizes (towns are not included in the data) are able to see how many of their residents live within a ten-minute walk to a park, with numbers broken down by age, race, and income. Continue reading
Younger generations are lonelier than older generations, according to a new report called “Loneliness and the Workplace” from Cigna, which is a follow-up to their 2018 study. Continue reading