Join the Taskforce to End Loneliness and Build Community on Thursday, October 1st for a state-wide summit to disseminate information about raising public awareness, growing intergenerational opportunities and specific strategies to build community in a variety of ways. Continue reading
This month, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts released its findings from Phase I of the Social Prescription Pilot Program, which launched in January 2020 in Springfield and Berkshire County. Continue reading
Since March, the MetroWest Health Foundation has pivoted its grantmaking and operations to support the region’s efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic. In response to community listening and engagement, the foundation is including “COVID-19 Social Isolation Among Older Adults.” Continue reading
Councils on Aging (COAs) are considered the “front door” of services and supports for older residents and those who care for them. They provide a wide range of programs and services, designed to meet the varied needs and interests of a diverse older population.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, councils on aging have had to adapt significantly to continue the important work they do on behalf of older adults in the community. Continue reading
Age-friendly communities and MHAC partners are working to respond to social isolation and loneliness among older adults, both locally and statewide.
MHAC is supporting a work group led by AARP Massachusetts and UMass Boston to conduct community conversations on social isolation and loneliness that are focused on different regions of the state. The final conversation will take place on June 9th from 10am -12pm and is geared towards communities and stakeholders in the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Those interested may register here.
The Taskforce to End Loneliness and Build Community facilitated by AARP Massachusetts and the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston is hosting a series of regional (virtual) conversations that will help the group, which includes MHAC, promote socially inclusive communities. Continue reading
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.
AARP has created the Community Connections website to help communities, local organizations, and volunteer groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those most affected by the Coronavirus. Whether you want to start a group, find a group, or get assistance yourself, the AARP directory can help you connect with people in your community. Continue reading
One of the many special aspects of memory cafés is that they provide a way for friends to spend time together. Continue reading