As part of continuing efforts to identify transportation access, usage and disparities that impact diverse groups, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched a national equity, diversity and inclusion transportation survey.
The survey gauged opinions and obtain information from a representative sample of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. Continue reading
In a recent editorial in the Salem News, Mayor Kim Driscoll marked the five year anniversary of Salem’s age-friendly action plan as well as the creation of the “Salem for All Ages” initiative. Mayor Driscoll proudly marked off a list of notable accomplishments that serve as examples to other age-and dementia friendly efforts. Continue reading
Following up on a successful partnership that engaged more than 1,700 older adults across the state in 2020, the “Senior Days” program that sets aside time for older adults to conduct business at their local RMV will once again host staff from aging service access points (ASAPs) to serve as resources on available services and supports. Continue reading
Periodically, the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative shares funding opportunities that help communities become more age- and dementia friendly.
Thanks once again to our partners at MassMobility for highlighting the following grant programs: Continue reading
Building on efforts to enhance access to natural resources and recreational opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth, the Baker Administration recently announced nearly $4 million in grant funding to support 52 trail projects across the Commonwealth as part of the MassTrails Grant Program. Continue reading
The Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the award of $6.5 million total to cities and towns which applied for funding from the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program. Among those are several projects that are inclusive of older adults, thanks to bonus points that encourage applicants to consider improving the built environment around councils on aging, senior housing, and other public spaces. Continue reading
The Bus Network Redesign being conducted by the MBTA is a once-in-a-generation attempt to make bold improvements to the bus network for the people who depend on it most. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages our network to submit feedback to promote age- and dementia friendly design on the Bus Network Redesign survey. Continue reading
Aging services staff and volunteers are invited to get involved in CarFit, a joint initiative of AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to promote older driver safety and mobility by assisting drivers in understanding how they fit in their vehicles and making adjustments to improve comfort and safety. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is fortunate to have partners supporting mobility solutions that serve older adults and people living with disabilities. Below are a few updates from MassMobility and the Boston Age Strong Commission. Continue reading
As members of the state’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board (MABPAB), the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative along with our partners at WalkBoston had an opportunity to provide initial input to an update to MassDOT’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Plan.
The Bicycle Transportation Plan and Pedestrian Transportation Plan explain how Massachusetts will work to increase the percentage of everyday trips made by biking and walking, while working to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries at the same time. Continue reading