— 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‚Äôs 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‚ÄĒthe structures in which trees are planted on city sidewalks‚ÄĒare 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. ‚ÄúTree pits are real barriers for some people,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Vineyard, the island is a far more complex place than just spectacular beaches, postcard-perfect lighthouses and affluent vacationers‚ÄĒamong them presidents and celebrities. ‚ÄúThe picture of Dukes County is one of the rich and famous. But that‚Äôs not who lives here. It‚Äôs a complex community,‚ÄĚ 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¬†‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Healthy Aging Martha‚Äôs 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‚Äôre committed to help lighten their load. AARP is urging lawmakers to enact legislation known …