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COVID-19 Community Impact Survey Released by DPH with Focus on Diverse Residents, Older Adults

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) – an online survey aimed at collecting data to better understand and identify the social, economic, and health needs and inequities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic – is now live and ready for you and all of your professional and personal contacts to take.

For this to be a successful effort that will help lead to positive change, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health needs your help disseminating and championing the survey. Continue reading

AARP Revamps and Re-Releases HomeFit Guide

The HomeFit Guide from AARP has been a reliable resource for age-friendly efforts in helping homeowners consider modifications that improve safety and a person’s ability to remain independent.

Now, the guide has gone through a revamp to continue supporting communities consider housing that works for people of all ages. Continue reading

AARP Announces Community Challenge 2020 Grantees

For the fourth annual AARP Community Challenge, AARP received more than 2,800 applications from nonprofits and government entities, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.

A total of more than $2.4 million is being distributed to fund 184 quick-action projects across the country, helping urban, rural and suburban communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Continue reading

UMass Gerontology Institute Measures COVID-19 Impact on State’s Older Adults

A recent report by researchers from the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute examines these consequences for the older population in Massachusetts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront common obstacles experienced by older people, and also exacerbated challenges related to income, housing, nutrition, medical care, and emotional wellbeing. The work of community organizations meant to meet the needs of older adults is more critical than ever during this public health crisis.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative also believes this points to the importance of creating and advancing age-and dementia friendly communities as well. Continue reading

Help Inform the Future of the Mass in Motion Program by Joining an Upcoming Listening Session

The Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the MA Department of Public Health is hosting listening sessions to inform the future of the Mass in Motion program and those in the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative network are encouraged to join.

Through this series of listening sessions, MDPH will collect stakeholder input on elements of a Request for Response (RFR) that will fund local efforts to improve Social Determinants of Health through the Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Initiative. Continue reading