The term “placemaking” refers to the work of improving a particular public space or overall area to make it more of a destination and shared gathering place.
The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit was created by AARP and Team Better Block to inform a broad audience of local leaders, policymakers, advocates and neighborhood residents about the many ways temporary projects can inspire positive community change. Continue reading
Building on a resource developed with our partners at MassMobility that shares examples of Age- and Dementia Friendly transportation across the state, more approaches to improving transportation options are always emerging.
Here are a few such examples highlighted in the recent MassMobility newsletter: Continue reading
Transportation Training for Staff of Aging and Disability Service Providers is a new online training from MassMobility about community transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Continue reading
Building on a report compiled by MassMobility and the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative with a variety of examples of age-friendly transportation from all regions of Massachusetts, more communities are piloting transit solutions for older adults.
Thank to MassMobility for continuing to highlight these initiatives in their newsletter.
The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (MABVI) and Boston University Innovate@BU have announced a partnership to develop a challenge open to BU students and alumni to solve community transit problems that will benefit society at large–and particularly for older adults and the blind and low vision community. Continue reading
The number of pedestrian crashes in the United States has increased in the past two decades. According to a new report from UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute, the percentage of older pedestrian crash rates has also increased during that span. Continue reading
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission, Public Works, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, AARP, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and WalkBoston celebrated the Age-Friendly Bench program in Grove Hall. The program expands the number of benches across the city, with a particular focus on raising the availability of resting locations for older adults. Continue reading
Governor Baker and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently awarded $34 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Awards to support a variety of housing, community and economic development projects in 63 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Many of these projects are helping cities and towns become more Age-Friendly through improvements to a community’s physical environment. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and MassMobility are partnering to help municipalities and organizations overcome transportation barriers – starting by recognizing the creative and effective work already underway in communities across the Commonwealth. Continue reading
If you are interested in learning how agencies are supporting older adults in learning to use fixed-route public transit services such as the bus, please join MassMobility at an upcoming event at Greater Lynn Senior Services from 10:00am to noon on September 24th.
Attendees will hear from aging services providers that have incorporated travel instruction into their offerings. Travel instruction is the professional activity of helping older adults or people with disabilities learn the information and skills they need to ride fixed-route public transit independently and safely. Continue reading