— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Massachusetts for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly today launched their Age and Dementia-Friendly Business designation, a new pilot program that encourages local businesses to make their spaces and services more inclusive for people of all ages. Today’s announcement was held at Local 338 Bagels and Coffee in West Roxbury, one of nine organizations that received the designation today, which includes certificates and decals to mark their business as Age and Dementia-Friendly. “In …

— BOSTON – AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and volunteer State President Sandra Albright joined AARP volunteers and representatives of several elder advocacy groups at the Massachusetts State House today for the Securing the Future of Aging event to show support for issues important to the 50+ population, such as caregiving, healthy aging, elder economic security, elder financial abuse, and age-friendly communities. AARP Massachusetts joined Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Representative Danielle Gregoire (D- 4th Middlesex), Chair of the …

—   Commitment to meet AARP, WHO guidelines will help residents of all ages Boston – AARP National Board President Eric J. Schneidewind today presented Governor Charlie Baker with an official certification welcoming Massachusetts into the AARP network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. Governor Baker accepted the award in front of 200 attendees at AARP’s annual volunteer meeting in Framingham. “We are delighted to acknowledge the commitment of Massachusetts to …

— Here in Massachusetts, we are working with local leaders, volunteers and others to help make our communities more livable and age-friendly. Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts has joined the network of AARP Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. AARP praised Governor Baker for his leadership on this issue of importance to Bay State residents of all ages. Massachusetts is only the second state in the nation to take such …

—       We love our homes.  In fact, AARP surveys show that nearly 90% of people 50+ want to stay in their own homes and communities as they age, where they have strong social networks and a sense of familiarity.  However, most people don’t discuss or think about the age-appropriateness of their home until a crisis makes it obvious that the space no longer meets their needs and abilities. Is your home HomeFit?  AARP can help make where you …

— 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 …