While 76% of Americans age 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their current residence and 77% would like to live in their community as long as possible, just 59% anticipate they will be able to stay in their community, either in their current home (46%) or a different home still within their community (13%).
Those results are among the key findings in the Home and Community Preferences Survey, which provides data and insights that raise awareness of the importance of making our communities “great places for all ages” and serves as a tool for change in our communities.
The Healthy Aging Collaborative joins the Administration on Aging, the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and many organizations from across Massachusetts and the country in celebrating May as Older Americans Month.
The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.
Here are some links where AoA and other organizations are providing resources and materials in recognition of Older Americans Month to help promote wellness and awareness of issues facing older adults:
A year after launching the Governor’s Council to Address Agingin 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.
To recognize April as Healthcare Decisions Month, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative became an Alliance Partner of Honoring Choices Massachusetts and will work on connecting their resources and Ambassadors to Age and Dementia Friendly Community efforts.
The City of Salem was among the first communities in the state to both join the AARP/WHO Network of Age-Friendly Communities and also come out with an action plan. The “Salem for All Ages” task force is once again showing leadership with a “Year One” report that highlights progress on the items laid out in the city’s Age-Friendly action plan. Continue reading →
Researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium found that ageism can be common in children, but kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against older adults. Continue reading →
In a series of reports, Boston’s WCVB-Channel 5 show “Chronicle” focused on ideas, companies and policies that are helping older adults live healthier and remain independent in their communities. Continue reading →
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 →