Nesterly, an intergenerational homesharing platform, in partnership with the City of Boston, created a new, free service called Good Neighbors. Good Neighbors supports older adults who must stay home as a result of COVID-19 by matching them with volunteers to fulfill no-contact deliveries and friendly check-ins (calls/letter writing).
This service is available in Greater Boston, which Nesterly and the Good Neighbors initiative have defined as within 20 miles of the city. Also available are longstanding organizations like FriendshipWorks and Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, which also connect older adults and volunteers.
Boston Seniority magazine featured a success story from Nesterly, an intergenerational homeshare program that connects hosts who have spare space in their home with
people who are seeking a place to stay for longer than one month. Tenants can
also exchange help around the house for lower rent. Continue reading
In 2017 the City of Boston launched their intergenerational homeshare pilot, a collaboration between the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab, the Age Strong Commission, and Nesterly, a local start up aiming to match older adults with spare rooms with graduate students. Continue reading
The city of Salem and its age-friendly initiative – called Salem for All Ages – continues to make progress as evidenced in their recently released Year Three Report, which covers the developments made during 2019. Continue reading
City and county leaders across the country are increasing volunteerism, making better use of public spaces, strengthening communities, saving money, and improving outcomes for residents of all ages by leveraging the assets of residents and connecting the generations. Continue reading
The nonprofit organization Hilarity for Charity – with support from AARP, Generations United, Memory Well, and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) – is announcing a writing contest for high school and college students from across the U.S. and Canada to pen the best profile of someone who is living with or who has passed from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Continue reading
For any Age- and Dementia Friendly Community advocating for intergenerational shared spaces and programming, a new report called “All In Together: Creating Spaces Where Young and Old Thrive” by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation provides some useful tools and examples from across the country. Continue reading
In their recent newsletter, AARP Livable Communities shared a number of examples of cities and towns that co-located facilities to save costs and encourage inter-generational activity.
Among the examples is a co-located high school and senior center in the town of Swampscott, Mass. Continue reading
The Safe Routes to Schools “Signs and Lines Program” from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will provide design services and up to $6,000 in construction funding to a selected municipality for a low-cost infrastructure project around a public elementary or middle school. For any communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly and have – or are seeking – partnerships with local schools, this is a great opportunity to create inter-generational activity. Continue reading
The five-campus University of Massachusetts system endorsed the 10 principles of the Age-Friendly University, as defined by Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network at Dublin City University, joining an international effort intended to highlight the role of higher education in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population. Continue reading