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Celebrate Your Health Day!
A Health & Wellness Symposium for Seniors
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation, in collaboration with Mayor Menino's Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute, will present a Health & Wellness Symposium for Seniors.
  
Sat., Sept. 21, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UMass Boston
  
Registration deadline: Thursday, Sept. 12.
  
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September 10, 2013 
Dear Friends,

September is a time of transitions and new beginnings, and it is with this sentiment that I write this letter as president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. After I became president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, we created the foundation in 2008 and I am honored to be back at its helm as our board conducts a search for a permanent leader.

 

September is also a particularly important time in our community as it is when we celebrate Healthy Aging Month. All of you are on the front lines of this topic every day, but I'm sure you'll agree it helps the cause when the nation shines a spotlight on the issue. Read Jim Roosevelt's full letter

News
Foundation Awards $1.6M in Grants

Congratulations to our Cycle 1, 2013 grant recipients! In total, we awarded more than $1.6 million in new funding this cycle to 34 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations that focus on healthy aging. Read our press release

Save the Date!

Please join us on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Boston Newton Marriott for our fourth forum on healthy aging, "Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Charting a Path Forward." This forum is produced in collaboration with the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and will feature keynote speaker Joseph Coughlin, PhD, noted author, speaker and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. Learn more

Call for Posters
Due to popular demand, the poster session will return to our January 24 forum to highlight a number of healthy aging activities in the Commonwealth. The session will provide an opportunity for poster presenters to interact informally with individuals interested in healthy aging programs, policy or research. Applications are due no later than Friday, November 1, 2013. Learn more
Grantee Profiles
A friendship that formed through FriendshipWorks.
Building Social Connections

According to the National Council on Aging, one in six seniors living alone in the United States faces physical, cultural, and/or geographical barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities.

 

With isolation often comes loneliness and depression, and that's the problem two of our grant organizations are trying to solve. Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly and FriendshipWorks both serve neighborhoods within the city of Boston with programs to build long-term relationships between isolated elders and volunteers. Full story

An emergency preparedness class at Project RIGHT.
Empowering Seniors

To be healthy, seniors have to feel safe and informed. That's why Project RIGHT created the Grove Hall Senior Empowerment Initiative.

 

Now in its second year of funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, the program offers workshops for seniors in the Grove Hall neighborhood, comprising part of Roxbury and North Dorchester. Full story

Diversity in Aging
 
Deika O'Garro, a community health worker (right), with Carmen, a Latina patient (left)
Bridging a Gap between Patients and Providers
The Vibrant Lifestyles program at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center focuses on the Cape Verdean and Latino Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking population of adults age 60 or older with plans to expand to Haitian Creole- and French-speaking seniors as well. Full story
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