Age-Friendly Boston wins “Greenovate” award in community engagement

 

Greenovate Award Ceremony, April 19th, 2017 Greenovate Awards 2017 (c) Leise Jones Photography

Last summer, Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Boston formed a partnership with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment and the Codman Square Library senior “Arts and Smarts” senior program, led by Carl and Arnetta Baty. With six youth employees, between the ages of 18-22, the senior group at the Codman Square Library built garden boxes on public space in back of the library. They are extra high raised garden beds to make it easier for older people to garden. Everything was donated from various businesses in the area, such as Norfolk Hardware, City Soil, Lambert’s and Home Depot. It was a true community effort.

The area where the garden was built was full of trash and debris, especially on the periphery of the abutting, private property. One of the benefits of this project was that the landowner ended up cleaning up the trash, making the environment safer and more attractive.

Special thanks to Janice Knight, the Codman Square librarian for her patience during the project, and her generosity.

Here are some photos of the project from last year:

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Discussion with senior group at St. Katherine Drexel Parish, Roxbury March 10th, 2017

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Patricia McCormack, director of the Mayor’s Alzheimer’s Initiative, talks with a group from St. Katherine Drexel Parish in Roxbury on March 10th, 2017. Patricia gave a very informative presentation about Alzheimer’s and Dementia and shared important resources with the group. People told very moving stories about their challenges caring for loved ones.

Thank you to Sister Christine for reaching out to us with an invitation to speak at her meeting. One of our action items in our Age-Friendly Boston action plan (due to be released in late spring of 2017) is to deepen our relationship with faith-based organizations.

“Dementia-Capable” Fire Training February 21, 2017

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On February 21st, 2017 The Alzheimer’s Association and the Boston Alzheimer’s Initiative conducted a Alzheimer’s first responder training at Boston Fire Headquarters.  In response to Mayor Walsh’s commitment to provide “dementia capable” training for Boston’s First Responders a 3 hour training entitled “Understand, Approach and Respond: Effective Interventions with Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia” was presented to trainers from the Boston Fire Department and the Boston Emergency Medical Service.  Starting this Spring, these trainers will begin training their departments so that each Boston First Responder will have the skills to bring the best possible outcomes to situations involving the care, evacuation and transport of Boston’s rapidly growing Alzheimer’s population.

 

Article in City Lab links quality of neighborhood with health for seniors

In age-friendly parlance, “aging in place or in community,” is the goal. However, this article makes the point that some adults are living in neighborhoods that may be making them sick. Their communities aren’t safe, they aren’t walkable and they lack good public transportation and other resources. As one of our early projects in Age-Friendly Boston, we’ve partnered with Walk Boston on making walking improvements to three pilot neighborhoods, Mattapan Square, the South End, and East Boston.

How your neighborhood affects how you age