Please see the following webinars and virtual meetings to support age- and dementia friendly communities. Continue reading
Communities and partners in the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative network may be interested in the following virtual opportunities:
- Supporting Family Caregivers in the Workplace – Mass Business Roundtable
During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, the demand on family caregivers has never been greater. There are more than 840,000 family caregivers across the Commonwealth providing care to loved ones while balancing their work and other family responsibilities. The Roundtable helped launch the Massachusetts Caregivers Coalition bringing together business, education and public sector leaders to better understand and address the needs of family caregivers, a growing and essential part of workforces across every industry sector.
In this webinar, first in a planned series, a panel will address the realities of caregiving during COVID-19 and provide resources and strategies shared by experts. Confirmed speakers and moderators include Roundtable member Mark Butler, Cigna New England, Robin Lipson, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Alexandra Drane, ARCHANGELS, as well as leaders from Roundtable members Seniorlink and Care.com.
- National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day – COMBATING SOCIAL ISOLATION FOR SENIORS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Join the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) for a thoughtful discussion on ways to prevent social isolation and promote mental health during this unprecedented time in our history.
Suicide, depression, anxiety, and problems with alcohol and medications are issues that older adults face. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that by 2030, there will be nearly 75 million Americans over age 65. A 2012 study from the Institute of Medicine found that nearly 1 in 5 older Americans has one or more mental health/substance use conditions. According to 2018 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, adults in the 75-84 and 85+ age groups are among those with the highest rates of suicide.
Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2020 will feature remarks from Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. It will also share the latest information on social isolation and loneliness from Dr. Dilip Jeste, University of California San Diego Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry.
More Information on COVID-19 Responses:
- ACL Resources for older adults, providers, communities, and states
- SAMHSA Resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states
Find Your Benefits to Age Well is an annual campaign coordinated by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) that unites groups with a common mission—connecting low-income Medicare beneficiaries to critical supports to improve their economic security and health—to drive more individuals to community and online tools that can help them learn about, screen, and apply for money-saving benefits. Continue reading
Over the past two years, the FrameWorks Institute worked with the National Center on Elder Abuse to create a communication strategy that demonstrates how communities can restructure to put elder abuse on the public agenda, generate a sense of collective efficacy on the issue, and boost support for systemic solutions to prevent and address abuse. Continue reading
The FrameWorks Institute conducted a national multiyear project with leading aging organizations to identify the way members of the public think and talk about aging.
Join the American Society on Aging (ASA) on Thursday, August 16th as they continue the exploration of the Reframing Aging Project and take a deeper review of the evidence-based strategies developed from this research for communicating more effectively about aging-related issues. Learn how to frame your messages and what cues to avoid to help people think more like experts do about ageism, demographic change, elder abuse and other policy issues. Continue reading
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a unique call for proposals for solutions adapted from international models to combat social isolation. The opportunity, which is dubbed “Developing Solutions for Social isolation in the U.S.: Learning from the World, commences October 30, 2017 and ends December 21, 2017.
For more information, see RWJ Foundation’s announcement below: Continue reading
Grantmakers in Aging recently kicked-off a webinar series to to encourage greater philanthropic engagement in age-friendly efforts across the country.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative joined New Hampshire’s Endowment for Health to present from the perspective of a backbone organization coordinating Age-Friendly efforts and also a funder that is dedicated to backing and advancing the movement. Continue reading