Celebrating Older Americans Month: Powered by Connection

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by a federal agency, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time to recognize older Americans’ contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the profound…

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Caring for the Caregivers: RI Elder Info Seeks Your Input

RI Elder Info is seeking to better understand the needs of older adult caregivers who are caring for adults with disabilities living in the community. They have created a brief online survey to gather information from caregivers as well as service providers for individuals who have disabilities.  They hope to learn what older adult caregivers need and…

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Addressing Housing Could Alleviate Public Health Expenditures in Rhode Island, According to Recent Report

A recent study by ONE Neighborhood Builders (ONE|NB) reveals that individuals who were previously homeless and now reside in permanent supportive housing have consistently lower average Medicaid-related healthcare expenditures compared to Medicaid recipients who remain homeless. Jennifer Hawkins, President and CEO of ONE|NB, emphasized the significance of affordable housing, stating that the report underscores the…

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On Creating Resilient Age-Friendly Communities

The intersection of Age-Friendly and Climate Resilient Communities represents a crucial and forward-thinking approach to urban planning and community development. Both concepts individually address pressing challenges faced by our society, and when combined, they offer a comprehensive framework for creating sustainable, inclusive, and livable communities for people of all ages. Age-Friendly Communities focus on creating…

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Partnership Empowers Older Rhode Islanders

Age-Friendly Rhode Island is collaborating with a myriad of organizations, agencies and individuals across the state to build a community that supports and empowers Rhode Islanders as they age. A recent partnership, funded by Point32Health Foundation, resulted in 24 older adults enrolling in the inaugural Senior Fellows program at Leadership Rhode Island. The eight-week course…

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Senior Agenda Coalition of R.I. names Cindy Coyne as Executive Director

  The Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island has appointed Cindy Coyne, a former State Senator, as its new executive director. Commencing her role on July 17, Coyne has a strong background in advocating for older adults and previously served on the organization’s Board of Directors. The Senior Agenda Coalition is dedicated to improving the…

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A Ride Can Change a Life

For many older adults and people with disabilities, transportation makes a HUGE difference in being included. We are deeply moved to have partnered with Looking Upwards and RIPTA‘s Planning department to design a new program that leverages generous funding from NADTC to promote mobility equity in Newport by giving folks a free ride when they…

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On The Intersection of Ageism and Homophobia

In the fight for equality and inclusivity, it is crucial to recognize that discrimination takes on many forms and often intersects, creating unique challenges for marginalized individuals. One such intersection is the convergence of ageism and homophobia. This blog post aims to shed light on the intertwined nature of these prejudices, exploring how they impact…

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