Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages stakeholders and communities involved in the age- and dementia friendly movement to check out the following upcoming events:

Is your community good for people of all ages? How walkable and livable is it for young and old?  Does your community have parks that are good for all ages, with benches and other infrastructure?  What is good for someone in a wheelchair is good for someone with a baby stroller.  Learn more about ALL of this and more at this day-long conference.

Our community needs change as we age, but it’s possible for us to prepare our communities to be livable for people of all ages and life stages.

This free, in person  conference will bring together local leaders, community planning practitioners, and several organizations to explore how local leaders can create livable communities for individuals and families of all backgrounds, incomes and abilities.

Through four core themes — Regional Collaboration, Capacity Building, Stability, and Equity – the event will share best practices, insights and inspiring next steps for meeting the needs of a changing Massachusetts.

Info and registration available here.

Join the Technology Learning Collaborative for Healthy Aging, co-hosted by the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, on October 17th from 1:30-3:00 pm to learn and share updates on best practices as well as funding and partnership opportunities regarding digital equity and older adults. This group, which originated from the Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community led by AARP and UMass-Boston, offers presentations on ways that organizations and communities are working to improve technology access for older adults.

Presentations on 10/17 will include the Mass Broadband Institute (MBI), Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, the Ludlow Council on Aging, and the Alliance for Digital Equity.

If you have updates to share on behalf of your organization or community, please contact James Fuccione at MHAC (James.Fuccione@mahealthyaging.org).

Info and registration available here.

Dementia affects every community, but not in the same way. Join community leaders and dementia experts to explore culturally-attuned ways to raise awareness and support advocacy about dementia, and learn how a statewide dementia awareness initiative has engaged participation in many cultural and linguistic communities.

Info and registration available here.

  • Become a Dementia Friends Champion!

Take part in a free 2.5 hour Zoom training that will give you the knowledge and materials you need to lead your own Dementia Friends information session for your family, friends, colleagues or others in your community. Dementia Friends is a global public awareness program that helps everyone in a community learn about dementia, how it affects people, and the simple things that we can all do to make a difference. Help bring awareness to those around you! Adults and high school students in Massachusetts are eligible to train as Champions. To learn more about Dementia Friends, watch this 2-minute video.

Available training dates:

Monday, December 5, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Please register in advance here by noon on December 2:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoc-uhpz0oHdSKkui5mUaUs7CuFdAActB8

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.   

Please register in advance here by noon on January 24:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtf-yqpzojH9z-XLRj1kdfZ_pB7zfofU7K

After you register, you will receive an automated message from Zoom with your unique link to join the training.

Questions? Email Beth Soltzberg at bsoltzberg@jfcsboston.org or visit https://www.dementiafriendsma.org/dementia-friends-massachusetts-champions-training