— Since so many worthy projects were submitted to the nationwide AARP Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that four additional projects have been funded through monies set aside locally for Age-Friendly community projects in Massachusetts. The four recipient organizations and related projects are detailed below. Background: AARP Massachusetts announced the first-ever Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, working in collaboration with communities across the state. The grant program was part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make …

—   AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce two local recipients of the AARP Community Challenge grant program, which aims to help create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield received funding for the creation of an intergenerational community garden and education program. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), with the Town of Natick, also received funding to develop Senior Friendly Trails. The MAPC will promote changes to address the …

— By Jill Gambon Roger Tepe says that something as mundane as tree pits—the structures in which trees are planted on city sidewalks—are treacherous for some people living in Boston. The pits, often covered by metal grates, can be a hazard for those using canes or wheelchairs, or for those who are unsteady on their feet. “Tree pits are real barriers for some people,” said Tepe, 66, a retired human services director who lives in South Boston. But they can be …

— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Ipswich Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 18, 1:30 p.m., for a free …

— DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017! AARP Massachusetts is working in collaboration with communities across the state, bringing people together and providing resources and expertise to help make Massachusetts counties, towns and cities great places to live for all ages. To that end, we’re pleased to announce that we’re now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities.  The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to …

— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Plymouth Public Library on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 10:30 …

— By Jill Gambon To Paddy Moore, chairwoman of Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, the island is a far more complex place than just spectacular beaches, postcard-perfect lighthouses and affluent vacationers—among them presidents and celebrities. “The picture of Dukes County is one of the rich and famous. But that’s not who lives here. It’s a complex community,” said Moore, 81, noting the rapidly growing population of older year-round residents, many of whom have low or moderate incomes. Roughly half of Vineyard heads-of-households …

— Thousands of people across the city of Boston participated in the Age­-Friendly Boston data collection efforts in 2015 and 2016, through a variety of neighborhood Listening Sessions and a citywide survey. At an upcoming community meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, city officials will share the results of data collected during the Listening Sessions — and will ask you to help prioritize action items for inclusion in the Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan. WHAT: Age-Friendly Boston: The Dialogue Continues WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon WHERE: German Centre, Holtzer Auditorium, 2222 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132 RSVP: Call 617­-635-4877. Refreshments will be provided. Free parking available onsite.    

— In a brief ceremony today on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, author of “Disrupt Aging,” officially welcomed Martha’s Vineyard to the The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard (HA-MV) Chairman Paddy Moore accepted the recognition and a certificate from Jenkins, on behalf of more than 70 community leaders representing 37 non-profit and municipal organizations serving Island elders, their families, and caregivers. Moore said HA-MV …

Governor Signs Mississippi Caregiver Act

— Today, more than 844,000 Bay State residents are providing in-home care for an aging parent or loved. This home-based care is allowing those loved ones to remain their own homes. CLICK HERE to urge Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to take action NOW and make the CARE Act law across the state! Massachusetts family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and at AARP we’re committed to help lighten their load. AARP is urging lawmakers to enact legislation known …