With a goal to raise awareness around services and supports for older adults and caregivers, the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition and Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative have partnered to create an informational resource available in multiple languages that will be distributed at COVID-19 vaccination sites managed by CIC Health. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Advisory Council, established under Chapter 220 of the Acts of 2018, released the Massachusetts State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Continue reading
Through their tireless support and love, family caregivers help thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities live and thrive in their communities. However, the joys and rewards of family caregiving are met equally with challenges that can impact their health and wellbeing – and caregivers have faced unprecedented challenges during the past year. Many transitioned to providing a greater intensity of care during the pandemic, all while juggling work-from-home and new routines without access to pre-pandemic supports.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to help announce and promote the launch of the new Caring for the Caregiver monthly webinar series, hosted by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mass Home Care, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Continue reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep existing flaws in the long-term care system and elevated opportunities to better support healthcare workers, improve care, and reducing disparities.
Task forces on both a national and state scale recently released separate reports that bring to light issues of concern and potential solutions. Continue reading
Nationwide, older adults are being cautioned to keep their distance from children because of the heightened risk of infection from COVID-19. But for some families—grandfamilies—that distance is impossible.
Facing a Pandemic: Families Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond elevates the unique needs of grandfamilies amplified by the pandemic. These grandfamily caregivers are the first line of defense for children during the pandemic, having stepped in when parents cannot raise them for many reasons, including cases where children’s parents have died from the COVID-19 virus. Continue reading
The fourth edition of the recently released 2020 LTSS (Long Term Services and Supports) State Scorecard ranks Massachusetts as 10th among state systems supporting older adults, people living with disabilities and their caregivers, according to state-level data compiled and analyzed by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation. Continue reading
By 2060, almost a quarter of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older. Healthy People 2030 focuses on reducing health problems and improving quality of life for older adults.