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How Healthy Aging Data Report Can Contribute to Fight Against COVID-19 in Massachusetts

Thanks to the research team at UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute with support from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the public can access the Healthy Aging Data Report with community profiles on all 351 cities and towns in the state on the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative website.

Now, that research team developed additional data to aid local leaders as well as Age-and Dementia Friendly coalitions in addressing COVID-19. Continue reading

Updates and Info from Organizations, State Agencies Aid Coronavirus Response

State agencies and organizations are providing valuable information, updates and action in response to the coronavirus.

In addition to those updates from MHAC partners and organizations listed below, people can continue to visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for updates on the coronavirus. Continue reading

Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care

AARP’s Public Policy Institute announced a follow-up study that builds on the landmark Home Alone study, which was the first national look at how family caregivers are managing medical/nursing tasks, such as managing medications, changing dressings, and other tasks in the home setting, that are typically performed by trained professionals in hospitals.

The new study – called Home Alone Revisited, focuses on cross-generational and multicultural caregivers and provides a list of 10 recommendations based on their findings.

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Federal ‘Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’ Bill Signed into Law

U.S. Senate Aging Committee Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) applauded the signing of the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), legislation they authored that will create a one-stop-shop of resources to support grandparents raising grandchildren.  U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced companion legislation in the House. Continue reading

Baker Administration Adds Age- and Dementia Friendly Best Practices to Community Compact Program

In a major victory for the Healthy Aging Collaborative and the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement, the Baker Administration is taking another big step towards advancing and supporting the opportunity for cities and towns to become better places to grow up and grow old.

Governor Charlie Baker, who has already committed Massachusetts as one of only two Age-Friendly States in the country under the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, is adding Age- and Dementia Friendly best practice options to the Community Compact program. Continue reading

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