The following is posted with permission from WalkBoston and written by Gwen Miller who is the Land Use Director and Town Planner for Lenox, MA. This article was featured in WalkBoston’s October 2017 newsletter.
Lenox, in the Berkshires, has just over 5,000 residents. It is largely rural with a small downtown, parks, public art, great restaurants, Tanglewood, and The Mount/Edith Wharton’s Home. In Lenox, you get the small-town vibe but big-city culture. Continue reading
Following a series of public meetings and listening sessions held across the state, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) will be working towards revised Community Benefits Guidelines for non profit acute care hospitals and health maintenance organizations with input from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. Continue reading
Spearheaded by SeniorCare Inc. and the North Shore Community Health Network, UMass Boston will be facilitating open discussions this week to kickoff the Cape Ann Age & Dementia Friendly process. Continue reading
At its 35th anniversary annual conference, held in Boston, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) presented the GIA Diversity Award for 2017 to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Jackie Jenkins-Scott, a member of the board of directors of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and former president of Wheelock College, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its grantees.
Ms. Jenkins-Scott observed, “A key tenant of our work is honoring the community and meeting them where they are. This includes listening, following and doing what is needed to ensure their success.” Continue reading
The Massachusetts Association for Councils on Aging hosted Governor Charlie Baker as their featured keynote speaker on the first day of their three-day conference and the Governor delivered a major victory for the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement during his remarks. Continue reading
Communities across the state are finding creative ways of supporting older adults and all residents to remain healthy and independent. The following article is republished with permission from the October 2017 issue of The Beacon, a publication of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that provides advocacy, training, publications, research and other services to Massachusetts cities and towns.
Ashland has created a tax relief fund and is seeking donations from residents to provide assistance to elderly and disabled residents on fixed incomes who face rising property tax bills.
SeniorCare Inc, an aging and disability service organization serving nine North Shore communities , will be hosting a series of community forums to spark conversation about how the Cape Ann area can become more age- and dementia friendly. Continue reading
For the first time since 1998, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is updating the state’s Pedestrian Plan, which aims to improve conditions for walkability throughout the Commonwealth.
As part of that refresh, MassDOT has released a draft Municipal Resource Guide that has been developed based on stakeholder feedback throughout the planning process. That feedback process will continue as MassDOT is accepting public comments on this draft resource guide by October 31st. Continue reading
Grantmakers in Aging recently kicked-off a webinar series to to encourage greater philanthropic engagement in age-friendly efforts across the country.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative joined New Hampshire’s Endowment for Health to present from the perspective of a backbone organization coordinating Age-Friendly efforts and also a funder that is dedicated to backing and advancing the movement. Continue reading
On September 20th, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the City’s Home Share Pilot Program in partnership with www.nesterly.io and the success of their first 8 inter-generational matches in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading