With aging might come changes in older adults’ ability to get around and do the things they want and need to do. These mobility changes may affect older adults’ health and independence and are related to an increased risk of falls and motor vehicle crashes—the two leading causes of older adult injury. Continue reading
MassTrails seeks to expand and connect the Commonwealth’s networks of off-road, shared-use pathways and recreational trails for all users across Massachusetts by providing matching grants, technical assistance and resources to individuals, municipalities, non-profits, and other public entities to design, construct, and maintain high quality Massachusetts trails. Continue reading
Mobility2040 is the long-range transportation planning document for the Central Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization and describes the region’s current transportation system and how that system should be maintained and modified over the next 20 years. Continue reading
The Friends of the Salem Council on Aging, the City of Salem and its consultant, TransAction Associates, have completed a feasibility study of an intra-city shuttle. The concept of a shuttle is an important action step in the implementation of the City’s landmark Salem For All Ages Action Plan. The study was funded by a Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant that was awarded to the Friends of the Salem Council on Aging. A working group of over twenty stakeholders helped guide the study. Continue reading
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez announced the release for public comment of a draft of Focus40: The 2040 Investment Plan for the MBTA. MassDOT and the MBTA are seeking feedback on all aspects of the Plan prior to its final release in the autumn. The public comment period will be open through September 21, 2018. A public feedback form is available at mbtafocus40.com.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages our partners to submit comments that focus on Age-Friendliness as well as inclusiveness for all.
With the support of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute created a study of transportation options for older adults across Massachusetts, which will serve as a critical tool for aiding communities seeking to become Age- and Dementia Friendly.
This work was done to support the Governor’s Council to Address Aging and specifically a subcommittee of that group charged with bringing recommendations on transportation. Continue reading
Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles that mention state and local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.
Check out the following articles from late June on the momentum of this movement building across the state.
- VTA Pilots Transport for Seniors to Medical Appointments on Cape (Vineyard Gazette)
- New Bedford named ‘age-friendly’ by AARP (SouthCoast Today)
- New Bedford designated an Age-Friendly Community (1420-WBSM, New Bedford News/Talk Radio)
- B’nai B’rith Housing and Hebrew SeniorLife Interested in Potential Redevelopment of Kent/Station Street Lot in Brookline (Boston Real Estate Times)