Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

Aug 16, 2023

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to pass along the following events and trainings that may be of interest to stakeholders supporting inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities:

Join the Mass eHealth Institute’s “Mass Caregiving Initiative” on Thursday, September 7 at 12pm ET for a discussion about digital health solutions that can help older adults live as well and independently as possible. MassTech/MeHI’s Elisabeth Renczkowski will moderate a conversation with the winners of MeHI’s Healthy Aging Sandbox Challenge: Artifcts, Enabled Health, MiiCare, and Onward Health. Hear about the innovative ways their technologies are assisting older adults and their caregivers. Whether you are an innovator, investor, public employee, caregiver, or just interested in healthy aging, we hope you join us for Innovations in Caregiving: The Healthy Aging Challenge.

Info and registration is available here.

  • Dementia Friends Champion Training – September (Sept. 21 hosted by JF&CS)

Take part in a free 2 ½ hour Zoom training to become a Dementia Friends Champion! This training will give you the knowledge and materials you need to lead your own Dementia Friends information session for your family, friends, coworkers or others in your community. Adults and high school students in Massachusetts are eligible to train as Champions. Our program is available in nine languages.

The training will take place virtually on Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open to any adult or high school student in Massachusetts. Please register by noon on September 20 by clicking this Zoom link:

You will receive an automated confirmation from Zoom, along with your unique link to join the meeting.

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! To learn more about Dementia Friends, watch this 2-minute video.

Please contact Beth with any questions at

In Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation, community resilience and housing expert Danielle Arigoni argues that we cannot achieve true resilience until communities adopt interventions that work to meet the needs of their oldest residents. Arigoni explores how to integrate age-friendly resilience into community planning and disaster preparedness efforts through new planning approaches. These include an age-friendly process, and a planning framework dedicated to inclusive disaster recovery.

In a related note, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) recently announced a climate resiliency grant opportunity, which is available here.

Learn more and register here for the 8-80 Cities event.