Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging: CarFit Training, Mel King Institute, Alzheimer’s Association

Jul 6, 2022

Check out the following events and trainings that may be of interest to age- and dementia friendly community stakeholders.

CarFit Training

CarFit is a joint initiative of AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to promote older driver safety and mobility by assisting drivers in understanding how they fit in their vehicles and making adjustments to improve comfort and safety. During CarFit events, drivers have a 20-30 minute session with a trained technician and an occupational therapy practitioner. As Massachusetts reopens and as residents of all ages start to increase their trip-taking, we want to make sure everyone is driving as safely as possible, and CarFit is one easy way to do that – but in order to offer CarFit events throughout Massachusetts, we need you! Attend a training session on Monday, July 25 in Winchester, MA to get trained to organize and staff your own CarFit events.

The July 25 workshop is a full-day training in two parts:

  • Technician training – in the morning, we will learn how to adjust the cars. Sign up here and select the 7/25 training in Winchester
  • Event coordinator training – in the afternoon, we will learn how to organize the events so they are official CarFit events. Sign up here and select the 7/25 training in Winchester

Important: if you would like to be able to organize and run your own events, please make sure to sign up for both the morning and afternoon sessions. If you just want to help adjust the cars at other people’s events, you may register for just the morning.

If you attend the training, you are invited to practice your new skills on Monday, August 8 at a CarFit event also in Winchester. Thanks very much to Sue Clark and the Jenks Center for hosting the train-the-trainer and the event!

If you have questions, please contact Andrea Cordis, MA CarFit State Coordinator & CarFit Instructor:

Mel King Institute – Health Equity and Community Development

The intersection between Health Equity and Community Development are at the forefront of conversations in many Community Development Corporations (CDCs) today.

This introductory training will give you the chance to explore the connections among health disparities, housing, and other structures that have been defined by racist policies and practices.

This training is geared toward community development professionals, planners, and housing advocates, with little or no formal training in health equity or public health.

Learn more and register here.

Alzheimer’s Association

For Caregivers:

July 8 at 10 AMUnderstanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Hosted by Rhode Island Hospital, A Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) Partner
July 19 at 9:30 AM ► Legal & Financial Planning
July 19 at 12 PM Safety and Memory Challenges
Hosted by Boston Medical Center, A Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) Partner
July 29 at 12 PM ► Effective Communication Strategies
Hosted by Lahey, A Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) Partner

All Are Welcome:

July 11 at 10 AMHealthy Living For Your Brain & Body
July 20 at 12 PM ► 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Sponsored by AARP Massachusetts 
July 22 at 11 AM ► Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield, A Dementia Care Coordination (DCC) Partner
July 27 at 6:30 PM ► 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s