Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging: MHAC Statewide Network Meeting, Tech. Learning Collaborative for Healthy Aging, Point32Health Foundation Session on “Equity in Aging,” Reminders

May 22, 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:

Join the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative for our quarterly statewide network meeting!

We will hear from Art Pharmacy, which is a healthcare services company that works with health plans, health systems and partner organizations to support patient mental health through social prescribing. Built on 40+ years of research documenting the benefits of arts on health, Art Pharmacy partners with arts & culture organizations (traditional and non-traditional) to connect individuals with creative engagements that support their well-being.

Additionally, we will hear from the Mass. Department of Public Health on data from the Community Health Equity Initiative and several updates on progress in the Age and Dementia Friendly movement. If your organization or Age/Dementia Friendly Community is interested in providing an update, please email James Fuccione at MHAC (

Registration is available here and open to any community or partner working to advance inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities.

The Point32Health Foundation team will host a webinar info session to share updates on the final year of their three-year transition from two Foundations to one. They will discuss the Foundation’s focus on equity in aging and support for organizations addressing the root causes of health disparities and advocating to eliminate systemic barriers.

Why a focus on equity in aging? Inequities accumulate as we age. When people of color, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and other people who face systemic barriers grow older, health disparities reflect these accumulated disadvantages.

The webinar will include updates to the grantmaking process and time for your questions. There is no cost to attend. The session will be recorded and shared on the Foundation website.

Register today: []

Join the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative for our upcoming Technology Learning Collaborative for Healthy Aging!

At our meeting, we will hear from the Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission on how older adults are included in municipal digital equity planning. We will also hear from the Lawrence Public Library on their telehealth kiosk and the Mass Broadband Institute. If you have any updates you’d like to share, please email James Fuccione at MHAC (

Registration is available here.

  • Join Dementia Friends Massachusetts, virtual trainings on 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 this Champion Trainingshosted on Zoom:

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.