The following information was provided by Watertown for All Ages:
A website to connect people interested in improving life for Watertown residents of all ages and abilities was launched this week by Watertown for All Ages (WAA), a grassroots non-profit organization. “We hope people will visit www.watertownforallages.org to learn more about our group, find resources of interest to older people in Watertown, and sign up to receive occasional email updates about our work,” said Bob Shay, WAA’s President. Watertown for All Ages is part of an international movement, supported in the U.S. by the AARP, whose aim is to increase the livability of cities and enhance the quality of life for people of all ages. One of the long-term goals of Watertown for All Ages is to help the town achieve recognition as a member of the AARP Age-Friendly Communities Network. Details about the “age-friendly” movement are available on the WAA website.
Watertown’s older population fared better, or equal to Massachusetts residents 60 years or older, in most categories in a study funded by the Watertown-based Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Some areas where Watertown residents fared better than the state average were mortality, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tobacco disorders, chronic kidney and liver diseases, and rate of people not seeing doctors when needed due to cost. The town fared worse, however, in rates of injuries from a fall, leukemia & lymphoma, and anemia. The study is designed fo provide information to help people age better, according to the report. “The information in the 2018 Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report can serve as a roadmap, helping to identify strengths and needs in communities across the Commonwealth,” the study’s Highlights Report reads.
Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan, was named by Governor Charlie Baker to the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, the foundation announced. The council, comprising leaders from the business community, academia, health care, technology and innovation, advocacy organizations, caregivers, community organizations, and municipalities, will develop a plan to make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and they will make up 23% of the Massachusetts population by 2035. “The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 65 is inconsistent with what I see around Massachusetts every day,” said the governor. “Many of our older adults still have ample time, energy and talent available to start a second or third career, volunteer in their community, become a mentor, or pursue an unfulfilled passion.
A set of Watertown organizations presents “Shaping an Age-Friendly Community for All Ages” at the Watertown Free Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 7-9 p.m.
Kara Cohen of AARP will speak about creating well-designed, livable communities than help sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents – of all ages. Hear about the City of Boston, City of Salem, Berkshire County, and New Bedford and their progress since they officially became members of the AARP and World Health Organization (WHO) Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The event is presented by Watertown Community Foundation, WatertownTogether,
and the Marshall Home Fund. Join neighbors, friends, and community leaders to learn more about Watertown’s efforts to become one of the WHO Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
The next Watertown Healthy Aging Forum will take place on June 24 at the Apartments at Coolidge School. The event on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. (6:30 sign-in) at the Auditorium at the Coolidge School Apartments, 319 Arlington St., Watertown. The event is open to the public. Learn lessons from 5 towns where many people live to 100
We’ll view and discuss Blue Zones* videos
What key steps can all of us, youngsters – middle aged – or older, take to live healthier, longer lives? Can Watertown apply these lessons?
Join your Watertown neighbors for an interactive presentation from the MIT AgeLab on Tuesday, March 31. Julie Miller, MSW, will talk about the MIT AgeLab and its research, “Forecast the Aging Future of Generation Y,” and screen/discuss her documentary film, “Vibrant Aging.” The event is open to the public and will run from 7-9 p.m. (6:30 Sign-in) at the Apartments at Coolidge School’s Auditorium, 319 Arlington St., Watertown. Miller is a Research Associate at the MIT AgeLab and a Lecturer at Northeastern University. Julie’s background in gerontological social work and mixed media production is reflected in her qualitative research. She received her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology from The University of California, Berkeley.