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July 26, 2018
Comprehensive survey identifies transportation options for older people in Massachusetts

A Scan of Transportation Options Available for Older People in Massachusetts was recently released by researchers at the Gerontology Institute at the John McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The work was funded by the Foundation.

"This report will be a vital tool for the Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation, vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan and co-chair of the council's transportation workgroup. "Understanding the current status of transportation for older people in the Commonwealth will inform our recommendations."

In addition to surveying the landscape in Massachusetts, the research team compiled information about best practices in other states, highlighting effective programs in Michigan, Missouri and Florida.

Employees give back to community
Throughout the year, Tufts Health Plan employees demonstrate their commitment to community, volunteering and donating to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in our region.

But our annual Volunteer Day is a special day of giving back. This year, 776 employees fanned out across four states, volunteering 2,100 hours at 35 projects.

"What an honor to work with colleagues who care about our communities and show it with action," said Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie. "On Volunteer Day, we all come together to make a real difference for the nonprofit organizations and the people they serve."

Volunteer projects included building beds for children; prepping gardens that will supply healthy, local, affordable food; sorting donated food, clothing and toys; and making paracord survival bracelets for deployed service members.

We are more than halfway to our goal of completing 10,000 hours of volunteer service in 2018. We set this ambitious goal to mark the Foundation's 10th anniversary.
What does improved quality of life for older people mean to you?
Share your innovative ideas for the chance to win $20,000 by entering In Good Company, the Optimal Aging Challenge
GE Healthcare launched this competition in collaboration with the Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab and Benchmark Senior Living. The goal is to improve healthy aging by leveraging the development of breakthrough technologies, community resources and other solutions to reduce social isolation and increase engagement among older people.  
Submissions are due September 28, 2018. 
MassHousing keynote focuses on community connections

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie delivered the keynote at this year's MassHousing annual conference. She reminded the group many older people have lost their "social capital," the network of family, friends and colleagues who help us build trust and connection. Nora encouraged resident service coordinators and providers to remember their important roles in connecting and engaging older adults and our mutual responsibilities to promote policies and practices that leverage our older people as assets in our communities.
Momentum Fund deadline is Sept. 20 

The Foundation's new mini-grant program will advance age-friendly and dementia-friendly work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Grants of up to $10,000 will support early-stage initiatives and innovative efforts; $100,000 has been allocated for each state. 
"Communities often find it challenging to secure resources to support emerging work. We created the Momentum Fund to address this gap," said Phillip González, senior program officer at the Foundation.  
As the only regional funder focused exclusively on healthy aging, the Foundation invests in local and regional work to support communities in becoming great places to grow up and grow old.

Learn more about the Momentum Fund
Momentum Fund info session webinar set for August 23

We're hosting a webinar information session on the Foundation's new Momentum Fund mini-grants. During the webinar, we will talk about over-arching strategies and the impact we want to make with our investments.  
This session will only be offered via webinar. The agenda will include an opportunity for Q&A with our team.

Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018    
Time:  2 - 3 p.m.   
Location:  Webinar

If you have questions you would like us to address, please share them on your registration form.    
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