John Hancock, the City of Boston, AARP Massachusetts, UMass Boston, and Healthy Places by Design have announced the recipients of the “Activating Boston grant” – a new pilot program investing in the creation of more accessible, age-inclusive outdoor spaces that strengthen community connection, health and well-being.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative was involved in the initiative planning as part of the Coalition to End Loneliness and Build Community. Continue reading
A new research report from the LTSS Center @UMass-Boston outlines how community stakeholders can help older adults better prepare for and recover from climate change-related emergencies. Continue reading
The Point32Health Foundation announced that 10 community organizations across the region will receive grants totaling more than $1.1 million. Funding will support work to advance policies and practices that address disparities and create more inclusive communities. Continue reading
Communities working to become age- and dementia friendly often identify needs or opportunities that can be addressed through advocacy on a local level.
To help stakeholders influence and improve local government policy for healthy aging, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative added a page on the toolkit section of its website. Continue reading
Cities of Service launched the Experience Matters program in 2019 in partnership with AARP where five participating cities engaged residents aged 50+ to tackle public problems. Each city received $30,000 and technical assistance from Cities of Service. Full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members served in each city hall to build capacity and raise awareness for the initiatives.
Cities of Service compiled a report that outlines the activities and impact of the Experience Matters program and shares lessons that can inform future work with older volunteers. These include: Continue reading
The Massachusetts Health Policy forum has developed three healthy aging issue briefs associated with the 2009, 2010, and 2012 healthy aging forums.
2009 – Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Pathways to Lifelong Wellness
The first Issue Brief (Leutz and Driscoll, 2009) included a multifaceted definition of healthy aging, one that is much more than the presence or absence of disease and disability.
2010 – A Strategy for Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Synthesis of Steering Committee Meetings and Progress
The second Issue Brief (Leutz and Driscoll, 2010) summarizes the work of the Collaborative’s healthy aging steering committee.
2012 – Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative: Update and Vision
The third Issue Brief (Leutz and Schneider, 2012) assessed the existing infrastructure of healthy aging activities in Massachusetts by reviewing reports, policy literature, websites, and conducting 14 key informant interviews with state agencies, evidence-based and healthy community programs, nonprofits, and foundations.
The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) created a Guide To Reading A Hospital’s Community Benefits Report.
Age and dementia friendly community coalitions are among the community-based partners that can use this guide, which is valuable for mapping out common ground with a hospital’s efforts to improving social determinants of health, as a resource to better understand their local hospital’s commitments to community health priorities, and to foster more collaboration between hospitals and community-based organizations. Continue reading
Creative placemaking is an approach that deeply engages the arts, culture, and creativity—especially from underrepresented communities—in planning and designing transportation projects to better reflect and celebrate local culture, heritage, and values. 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
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is partnering with We Can Vote to provide important information to older adults across the country about how to vote in a healthy and safe way. Continue reading