New England Healthy Living Collective
Six New England states are working together to share health care information and connect adults to age friendly resources in their community.
The New England Healthy Living Collective is generously supported by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, serving Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Health Care Planning Documents
Make a Plan. Each state has its own laws and planning documents which protect your right to get the care you want. Click on the state where you live below to view your state's documents & information. You can download free advance directives or legal & personal documents, to choose an Agent/legal surrogate and write down your care choices. Please note the MOLST/POLST/ COLST and DRN forms are medical orders and must be completed by your clinicians after a discussion about your current medical condition and care choices. Be sure to review "More Information" to learn about your state's regulations.
Healthy Living-Healthy Aging Resources
Connect to Quality Care. Health care providers and Age and-Dementia Friendly organizations are coming together to create more livable communities by improving transportation, housing, nutrition, access to health care and much more! Whether you live in-state, on the border, or are traveling through New England, we are working to ensure adults can access quality care that honors their values & choices. Here's a list of the NE Healthy Living Collective Partners to date. Click on the organizations below to learn more about local & state resources.
SPOTLIGHT: What's Happening in New England!
Here's more information about state and local resources. We are just getting started. Please check back often!
New Hampshire Alliance for Healthy Aging
The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA) is a statewide coalition of stakeholders focused on the health and well-being of older adults in New Hampshire. NH AHA works to promote its shared vision to create communities in New Hampshire that advance culture, policies and services which support older adults and their families. See a short video, Support of Healthy Aging in New Hampshire: 5 Strategic Priority Areas here.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) is working to make Massachusetts a national leader in vibrant and inclusive age-friendly communities. MHAC recently released the 2018 MA Health Aging Data Report, which serves "as a roadmap helping to identify strengths and needs in communities across the Commonwealth." The data report offers a detailed picture of the health of Massachusetts residents town-by-town. You can read the Highlights of the 2018 Data Report here.
Learn more about Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative here.
Age-Friendly Rhode Island
Based at Rhode Island College, Age-Friendly Rhode Island is a coalition of community and state agencies, healthcare and social service providers, individuals of all ages, advocacy and faith-based organizations, businesses, academic institutions and municipal leaders who are committed to healthy aging. Their vision is to build a community that enables older Rhode Islanders to live independently with the care, support and resources needed to foster health, well-being, social connectedness and a meaningful life. Download the Rhode Island 2016 Healthy Aging Data Report here
Learn more about Age-Friendly Rhode Island here.
Dementia Friends MA and Memory Cafés Directory (MA & National)
Dementia Friends is a global public awareness program that teaches five key messages about dementia and the simple things that every community member can do to make a difference. Dementia Friends MA has wonderful information on Memory Cafés for all New England states & beyond. A memory café is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. Each memory café is different. Some cafés invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. But all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other’s company, and to explore something new. Learn more:
- Video: View one-minute video about Memory Cafés in English and Spanish
- Massachusetts Directory and Memory Café Toolkit: www.jfcsboston.org/MemoryCafeDirectory,
- National Memory Café Directory (for every state except MA): www.memorycafedirectory.com.
You can learn more at www.dementiafriendsma.org
Honoring Care Decisions, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH
Honoring Care Decisions is a program to promote and improve advance care planning at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and in NH communities. Working with patients, their families and the community, Honoring Care Decisions is building a system to support meaningful conversations about what matters most in life for a time when patients are unable to speak for themselves. Adults are invited to clarify their goals and document their wishes in an advance directive. When they are experiencing serious, chronic illness, adults are invited to have more complex conversations to discuss and write down any new goals, values and wishes in documents like the NH POLST (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). Honoring Care Decisions is modeled after the Respecting Choices® advance care planning program, an independent affiliate of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care that began at the Gunderson Health System in La Crosse, WI. Learn more About Honoring Care Decisions and making a plan here.