To stay apprised of Age-Friendly events and programming happening throughout the state check out the calendar tab on the AFRI website. Submit an Event:  Promote your event and help build a comprehensive calendar of age-friendly events in Rhode Island! We have added functionality that allow community partners to easily submit their own events through a…

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The Age-Friendly RI Radio Hour  Listen weekly on AM 790, Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00pm. New guests join our host, John Tassoni, each week. Missed the episode live? Listen here to recordings of the Age-Friendly Radio Hour. Have an idea of a guest you would like to hear from?  Please send us an email to info@agefriendlyri.org and…

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A new review of more than 400 studies finds that ageism is linked to worse health outcomes in adults. The studies included in the review looked at a host of effects tied to ageism, including how older adults are excluded from research, are denied work opportunities, and how ageism leads to worse physical and mental health. More…

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AFRI regularly culls news articles and pertinent postings that highlight national, state and local efforts to support age friendly communities. Check out a few of the news clippings shared below to stay apprised of the movement in Rhode Island and lessons learned from recent research in this space:   Investing to empower Rhode Islanders to…

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With the start of a new year, there are some changes at the helm of Age Friendly Rhode Island. Our Director, Jody Shue will be moving on to pursue other interests in her home state of Massachusetts.  We would like to recognize Jody’s leadership over the past few years- she has been a passionate champion…

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As part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (“NAM”), with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will issue up to 24 Catalyst Awards per year between 2020 and 2022. Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as travel costs to attend an annual Innovator Summit, beginning in…

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We are excited to share that Age-Friendly Rhode Island was awarded a three-year grant for $360,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to engage, encourage and expand cross-sector collaboration and information sharing. This is one of nine new community investments totaling nearly $1 million reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to policies and practices that support healthy aging.…

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Please join the Institute for Education in Healthcare at Rhode Island College  for a four-hour training designed for staff working with older adults and their caretakers. The training is designed to build knowledge related to Dementia and diseases that cause Dementia. The training will be delivered by Laurie Mantz, founder and CEO of Dementia Training…

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We recently spoke with the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Roger Williams Park Zoo and they are interested in getting older adults more involved with the Zoo through volunteerism! Check out the information below if you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a Docent. Roger Williams Park Zoo Docents engage with the…

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Earlier this month we published a story on an innovative initiative from RI College that launched this semester in which students participated in an experiential learning opportunity that facilitated development of positive relationships with community members; Connection of experiences to academic learning; And development of a deeper understanding of self and empathy and respect for…

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Dementia Training For Life has been awarded the 2019 Health and Wellness Business Accelerator Impact Award by Providence’s Social Enterprise Greenhouse, a non-profit that provides social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. Meg Wirth, the Director of Health and Wellness Venture Development at Social Enterprise Greenhouse said, “We are thrilled…

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