Terms & Conditions

When you access mahealthyagingcollaborative.org, use any functionality or tool, or access information on or through www.mahealthyagingcollaborative.org, you are agreeing to accept and adhere to the policies and legal disclaimers set forth below.

Privacy Policy

There are sections of mahealthyagingcollaborative.org that are password protected and require individuals to register and log-in. We value the privacy of our online community members and provide Web site users with the right to manage their own personal information. When you create an account on the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Web site, we collect the following information:

  • Your name (required)
  • Your email address (required)
  • Your location (required)
  • The type of organization you work for
  • Your areas of interest

This information can only be viewed by other people who create a member profile. We will never sell, use, disclose or share your name or personally identifiable information (such as email address) with any party other than the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative. We will only use your email address to contact you on behalf of the Collaborative.

Storing Your Personal Data
Data that is provided to us is stored on our secure servers. Details relating to any personal information will be password-protected behind an authentication system, and all passwords are stored using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which is a specification for the encryption of electronic data established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and therefore we cannot guarantee the security of data sent to us electronically and transmission of such data is therefore entirely at your own risk. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password so that you can access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential.

Contact us for more information related to the privacy of the information you provide online.

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The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Web site provides information about healthy aging for your general knowledge. This site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before beginning any new treatment, exercise or nutrition regiment. If you are ill or need immediate medical care, please contact your health care provider or, in an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest medical facility.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative will attempt to keep the information available through the Web site current and accurate, but makes no guarantees and disclaims any implied warranty or representation about its accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness for a particular purpose. Information on this Web site may be updated at any time and without notice. Reliance on any information provided on or through this site is solely at your own risk. You assume full responsibility for using the information.

We disclaim all responsibility related to the content posted by third parties to the full extent allowed by applicable laws. These third party comments may include inaccurate and false information and are not an endorsement by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative of any products, programs or services referenced by third parties.

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Limitation of Liability

By using the Web site, users of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Web site hereby agree to release the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, Tufts Health Plan Foundation Inc. (the funder of this Web site), Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization Inc. and all of their affiliates, subsidiaries, officers and employees from any and all liability in connection with the use of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Web site and the use of any and all content, images or videos posted on the site.  In no event, shall any of the above parties be liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from any loss of use, loss of profits, litigation, or any other pecuniary loss, whether based on breach of contract, tort (including negligence), product liability, or otherwise, arising out of or in any way connected with this Web site or the provision of or failure to make available such products, goods, or services, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

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Links to Other Sites

For your interest and convenience, we and/or our users may provide links from mahealthyagingcollaborative.org to other Web sites. The links are provided for your convenience only and do not constitute or imply that the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative endorses these sites, any material or information contained therein, or of any products or services described on these sites.

These sites are not owned or controlled by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and are not covered by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative’s privacy and security policies. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative cannot warrant the accessibility or the accuracy of any information provided on other Web sites. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative disclaims any responsibility for the content, information or the privacy and security policies contained on those other Web sites. We encourage you to check the terms of use, privacy and security policies, and policy regarding the use of “cookies” of any other Web site you visit.

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This site makes limited use of cookies while you are browsing the website. A cookie is a small text file placed on your computer. We generally only use session-based cookies, which are deleted when you close your browser. We also use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our Web site and to help us create a more useful and easy to use site. This is a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information such as visitor numbers and the most popular pages. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. If you want to see more information about how Google uses this data and what it does with the data it collects, please view Google’s privacy policy.

Our cookies are anonymous, containing no information that can identify you personally. By using this site you agree to the placement of cookies on your computer. If you do not wish to accept cookies from this site please either disable cookies or refrain from using this site.

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Blog Comment Policy

This blog serves as a forum to foster discussion and share news, information, resources and insights from healthy aging thought leaders across the state and beyond on a variety of topics. We encourage you to share your comments, ideas, and concerns.

This is a moderated blog—we will review all comments after they are posted. We expect that participants will treat each other with mutual respect. We will remove any comments that in our sole discretion we determine to contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups. We will remove comments that we determine in our sole discretion to be off-topic or that inappropriately promote services or products.

To protect your own privacy, and the privacy of others, please do not include any medical, personal or confidential information, including phone numbers or e-mail addresses, in the body of your comment.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

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Community Policy / Member Agreement

Users will need to review and agree to abide by the membership agreement prior to creating a Web site profile.

Welcome to the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative online community. This online community provides a forum for people working to promote healthy aging in Massachusetts to connect, engage in dialogue, share knowledge and resources, collaborate, address challenges, and learn from one another so that we may achieve a vision of healthy aging together.

We want this community to be a safe, respectful, welcoming place for all members to comfortably share, connect, collaborate, and learn together. In this spirit, we expect all members to be polite and respectful in their interactions with others and to refrain from personal attacks.

What to Do

To ensure that this online community is a safe, respectful place for others to learn and explore:

  1. Review posted comments before you dive in with a reaction or response.
  2. Remember to “humanize” your written comments, since body language is absent.
  3. Carefully choose your language or use emoticons.
  4. Be tactful and mindful of your tone – it is easy to misinterpret intent online.
  5. To protect your own privacy, and the privacy of others, please do not include any medical, personal or confidential information, including phone numbers or e-mail addresses, in the body of your online communications.
  6. If you find inappropriate content on this site, please notify an administrator immediately.

What Not to Do

  1. Post material that infringes on or violates the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights.
  2. Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative in its sole discretion.
  3. Post advertisements or solicitations of business.
  4. Impersonate another person.
  5. Allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments.
  6. Post the same note more than once or “spam.”

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

  1. Remove communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with this Member Agreement.
  2. Terminate a user’s member profile upon any breach of this Member Agreement.
  3. Edit or delete any communications posted on the community or blog features, regardless of whether such communications violate these standards.

Any content or image, including video, that you post on this site is public and could be redistributed or copied from this site.

Finally, you agree that you will indemnify the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising out of a claim by a third party relating to any material you have posted.

Please review our privacy policy to learn more about the information we collect from members.

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