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MA Officially Welcomed to AARP Network of Age-Friendly States

A year after launching the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Council Co-Chair Eileen Connors and AARP Board President Eric J. Schneidewind today to officially release the Council’s initial recommendations and priorities, and formally mark the Commonwealth’s membership in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States.

The Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative, which is playing a key role in supporting the Age-Friendly State effort, was on hand with several Executive Committee and Advisory Council members in attendance. Continue reading

Bill Gates Investing $50 million in Alzheimer’s Research

Bill Gates revealed personal connections, the emotional costs, and a deep concern for the growing prevalence in Alzheimer’s as some of the reasons behind his personal investment of $50 million to help find a treatment for the disease.

In his blog, the billionaire ticked off the financial burdens Alzheimer’s brings to families and the healthcare system, and had some specific goals for what he hopes to accomplish with the financial support he has added to the fight. Continue reading

The Conversation Project Releases ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ Video

Discussing end-of-life care planning with loved ones is inherently difficult and not usually thought of as humorous, but the Conversation Project has released a video that finds the funny side of how people attempt to bring up the subject.

The video – called “Practice Makes Perfect” – features a handful of subjects speaking into the mirror to practice how they would start the conversation of end-of-life care with their family members. It starts out with some well-meaning, but awkward attempts to raise the issue. While it begins with humor, the video concludes with some of the “best practice” suggestions for more successful ways to broach the matter.

See the video below and visit the Conversation Project’s website for their helpful toolkits.