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A pandemic silver lining: Finding community and convenience online

In its shift to online classes, OLLI has learned how much more its programs offer beyond course content  Jim Hermelbracht has spent the last two years learning to adapt and regroup, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, as… Continue Reading →

Facing COVID, Councils on Aging adapt to continue serving clients

Series of surveys document how Massachusetts centers are responding to the pandemic Staff members mastered hosting Zoom meetings. They wore masks, stocked hand sanitizer, and limited walk-in offerings. They prepared and delivered many more weekly meals, and they made many… Continue Reading →

Reach Out and Get in Touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts

In “Reach out and get in touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts,” our Dr. Caitlin Coyle spoke with the New York Times about the Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community, the Commit to Connect campaign, and social… Continue Reading →

Q&A with Jo Owens, author of A Funny Kind of Paradise

Jo Owens became a nursing home aide in Canada out of a need for money, and came away with her calling. And from that experience, the pain and the human glory, came her debut novel A Funny Kind of Paradise,… Continue Reading →

Engaging People with Dementia

Management of Aging Services grad awarded $500K grant to support project begun at UMass Boston A modest decline of memory loss is fairly common in aging. But, Debby Dodds MAS ’14 says she could “see the disenfranchisement of early-stage memory… Continue Reading →

Boston’s Older Population: Increasing in Racial Diversity, but Quality of Life is Shaped by Racism, Discrimination

A new report from UMass Boston identifies aging equity among Boston residents The number of Boston residents aged 60 and older has increased by more than one-third in the last eight years and more than half of older residents are… Continue Reading →

Reach Out Massachusetts Mobilizes Communities to Combat Social Isolation

The desire to spend time alone is a natural and even healthy urge. But, seeking time alone and social isolation, are not the same. Social isolation — defined as a lack of social connections — is considered a serious public… Continue Reading →

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