More communities, regions and states are joining the Age-Friendly movement via designation by AARP and the World Health Organization that signals a commitment to improving that location as a welcoming and supportive place for people of all ages.
The number of those commitments is approaching 425, with nearly 70 in Massachusetts, which also was among the first states to join. The most recently designated community in the Commonwealth is Norwood and holds the distinction as the first of more than 400 communities to be led by a chamber of commerce. Continue reading
Coming off the heels of a toolkit developed by the Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mass. Business Roundtable and the Mass. eHealth Institute to help Massachusetts employers better support caregivers in the workplace, the AARP Family Caregiving Team and Public Private Strategies (PPS) partnered to created a website providing more resources and guidance on the issue. Continue reading
There is never a shortage of events and activities for promoting and supporting healthy aging in Massachusetts!
Here are a few opportunities across the state coming up in September: Continue reading
Thanks to our partners at MassMobility, the Healthy Aging Collaborative is passing on a new funding stream from MassDOT, which announced a new workforce transportation funding opportunity, with applications due September 27. Continue reading
The City of Salem, through the Salem for All Ages initiative and in partnership with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, has become the latest Age-Friendly Community to partner with its Chamber of Commerce and local business community on an Age-Friendly Business designation or certification. Continue reading
During recent event at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Kendall Square, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded a $100,000 grant providing seed funding for AGENCY, a new coworking innovation hub for collective impact where entrepreneurs, enterprises, elders, and experts can work side-by-side to explore and apply ideas for aging populations around the globe.
AGENCY forms a crossroads where innovators in all sectors with aging and longevity as a lens will be able to meet, host events, engage the healthcare community in Greater Boston, turn their ideas into commercial successes, and grow their companies (http://cic.com/agency). Continue reading
As part of national “employ older workers week,” BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP Massachusetts, bring you the 50 Plus Job Fair.
It is free and open to the public. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10 AM to noon at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA. Continue reading
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley has earned the special distinction of being certified as an Age Friendly Employer for 2018. The Research Group at RetirementJobs.com carefully reviewed the polices, practices and programs of Elder Services, finding them consistent with the employment needs of people age 50 and older.
“Our Certification indicates an employer’s recognition of the unique value of age 50+ workers as well as their commitment to take affirmative action in providing meaningful employment, development opportunities and competitive pay and benefits,” says Camille Grabowski, Director of Research & Certification for RetirementJobs.com. The RetirementJobs.com certification program has been recognized by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and AARP. Continue reading
Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles that mention state and local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.
Check out the following articles from early July on the momentum of this movement building across the state.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly launched their Age and Dementia-Friendly Business designation, a new pilot program that encourages local businesses to make their spaces and services more inclusive for people of all ages. Today’s announcement was held at Local 338 Bagels and Coffee in West Roxbury, one of nine organizations that received the designation today, which includes certificates and decals to mark their business as Age and Dementia-Friendly. Continue reading