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
The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a total of $9.5 million for cities, towns and nonprofit organizations to use under the Community Transit Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The annual competitive grant program awards money to be used for transit operating costs, mobility management or new capital investments. Continue reading
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has updated their interactive Trailmap, the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of biking and walking trails in Massachusetts.
This new-and-improved version of Trailmap allows users to search by address to find trails near them and provides easy access to detailed maps of foot trails, bicycle facilities, and multi-use paths. Users can see all existing paths and toggle on maps showing paths that are in development. This can be a useful planning and assessment tool for age- and dementia friendly communities seeking to improve access to such outdoor transportation and recreational opportunities. Continue reading
The term “placemaking” refers to the work of improving a particular public space or overall area to make it more of a destination and shared gathering place.
The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit was created by AARP and Team Better Block to inform a broad audience of local leaders, policymakers, advocates and neighborhood residents about the many ways temporary projects can inspire positive community change. Continue reading
Building on a resource developed with our partners at MassMobility that shares examples of Age- and Dementia Friendly transportation across the state, more approaches to improving transportation options are always emerging.
Transportation Training for Staff of Aging and Disability Service Providers is a new online training from MassMobility about community transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Continue reading
Building on a report compiled by MassMobility and the Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative with a variety of examples of age-friendly transportation from all regions of Massachusetts, more communities are piloting transit solutions for older adults.
Thank to MassMobility for continuing to highlight these initiatives in their newsletter.
The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (MABVI) and Boston University Innovate@BU have announced a partnership to develop a challenge open to BU students and alumni to solve community transit problems that will benefit society at large–and particularly for older adults and the blind and low vision community. Continue reading