Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging: Mass Association for Mental Health, Dementia Training for Fire/EMS, LGBTQ+ Elders Conference

May 1, 2024

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to promote the following events by partners in our network that support inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities:

This conference, presented by the Massachusetts Older Adult Behavioral Health Network (OABHN), will focus on cultivating leadership among attendees and encouraging those with firsthand experience of unmet needs in the field to use their voice for positive change. OABHN’s 2023 conference, “Healing in Community,” was attended by over 125 aging and behavioral health providers, older adults, and stakeholders.

Sponsoring the conference will provide visibility to your agency, the opportunity to interact with community-based providers, and help ensure OABHN is able to continue offering this annual conference.

Info and registration is available here.

  • Join Dementia Friends Massachusetts, virtual trainings on May 8th and July 16th

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.

Be a Dementia Friend and learn the 5 key messages about how dementia affects people by attending a free, 1-hour information session near you or virtually at

Become a Dementia Friends Champion and learn about how to lead an information session for your community at a free, virtual 3-hour volunteer training. Champion trainings are in English and upon account approval, you will receive access to all of our adapted and translated materials in 9 languages.

Join us at either of these Champion Trainings, hosted on Zoom:

May 8th, 9:30am-12:30pm. Register here:

July 16, 1pm-4pm. Register here:

  • Understand, Approach and Respond, Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH – two virtual trainings for Fire/EMS personnel on June 4th (7:00 – 9:00 am) and June 26th (6:00 – 8:00 pm).

The goal of this training is to educate Fire and EMS personnel on the impact that Alzheimer’s
Disease and other dementias may have on individuals and communities. This program has been
developed specifically for Fire and EMS. Strategies acquired from this training will provide an
understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, and will help personnel optimize the
effectiveness of responding during interventions with persons living with dementia, and their

Fire/EMS personnel can sign up for the June 4th training here and the June 26th training here.

Registration is open for this virtual one-day conference focusing on interdisciplinary practice and community engagement for people working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning + older adults, and caregivers.

LGBTQ+ people interested in their own aging or caregiving needs are invited to attend.

Registration and info is available here.