Building Age-Friendly Communities: The Summit


  1. On March 18, 2015, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, in partnership with The Boston Foundation, hosted Building Age-Friendly Communities: The Summit. The purpose of this event was to discuss how communities can work together to address the needs of a rapidly aging population.
  2. What are those needs? In this video, members of our community explain what they want -- affordable housing and transportation, access to health care and social activities, respect and much more.
  3. Building Age-Friendly Communities
  4. Presenters at The Summit also looked at the importance of data in transforming communities to become age-friendly. Tufts Health Plan Foundation released its second edition of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report, including new Community Profiles for every city and town in Massachusetts as well as Boston's 16 neighborhoods. Research for the report was conducted by the University of Massachusetts Boston's Gerontology Institute.
  5. Participants helped spread the word about The Summit!
  6. Prior to The Summit, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation hosted a Legislative and Mayoral briefing to provide state and municipal leaders with critical data released in the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report. Elected officials had the opportunity to preview the individual town data and hear about the potential successes and obstacles involved in building age-friendly communities.
  7. The Summit was buzzing as nearly 400 people gathered.
  8. Nora Moreno Cargie, Executive Director, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, welcomed participants to the event.
  9. The discussion began with NPR's Ina Jaffe as moderator and a look at a video that sets the stage for how we need to rethink the conversation around aging.
  10. The Big Idea in 4 Minutes - Coming of Age In Aging America