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Pop-up Placemaking Toolkit from AARP Can Help Create Vibrant Spaces that Create Community

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

MassMobility: Transportation Pilots and Projects in Cape Ann, Merrimack Valley, Brookline

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

FRTA, Marlborough Piloting Transportation Options for Older Adults

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.

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MABVI and Innovate@BU Announce $10k Community Transportation Challenge

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

Boston Celebrates Age-Friendly Bench Program

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 Announces Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 63 Communities

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

Healthy Aging in Motion: New Resource from MHAC, MassMobility Highlights Transportation Examples and Creative Partnerships

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

Travel Training and Aging Service Providers: Three Example

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