Healthy Places by Design, AARP-Mass., UMass-Boston and John Hancock Announce ‘Activating Boston’ Pilot Project

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

The ‘Experience Matters’ Program Highlights the Value of Older Adult Volunteers

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

MACDC Creates ‘Guide to Reading a Hospital’s Community Benefits Report’

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