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Lead Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)
Action Plan Download
Massachusetts developed its statewide action plan committing to a core set of values and creating cross-cutting goals through the eight domains of livability. The plan's priority is to focus on areas where the Commonwealth can successfully drive systems change, fill gaps, and amplify local work already completed or underway. Its goals include strengthening age- and dementia-friendly efforts to be inclusive of all populations, communicating information in an accessible manner, reframing aging from a challenge to an asset, increasing literacy about aging-related issues, and eliminating ageist images and expressions in media. The plan encourages the adoption of age-friendly policies and practices in all sectors, taking specific actions to improve economic security of older adults and caregivers and leveraging existing structures to sustainably guide and support the work of Age-Friendly Massachusetts and partner initiatives.
Action Plan Highlights
Communication and InformationMake it easier for residents to learn more about local age-friendly resources in their communities by creating an interactive map.
Civic Participation and EmploymentEnhance workplace practicies to prioritize older employees by creating an age-friendly employer designation to certify businesses that support older workers and family caregivers, exploring ways to make hiring standards more inclusive of older workers, such as changes to hiring forms, and promoting the establishment of age-friendly universities and health systems.
HousingDevelop new, moderate-income housing for older adults through new cross-sector financial partnerships.