Encore Boston Network is a seven-year-old superconnector, leading a coalition of government, nonprofit, business and community leaders committed to growing the encore movement in the region. This post shares Boston-area news: new Discovery Centers supporting encore seekers, a much-needed name change, a wealth of healthy aging data and an innovation hub supporting Massachusetts’s Digital Health Initiative.

Led by board chair Doug Dickson, the Network is a model for other cities in connecting existing programs and leading new efforts including Gen2Gen Boston.

New Discovery Centers will foster volunteer engagement: In 2019, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, Boston-based Empower Success Corps‘s ESC Discovery program, the Boston College School of Social Work and EBN are joining forces on a new project: Discovery Centers that help people 55+ connect with social purpose opportunities in their communities. Volunteer Transition Navigators will identify and help connect people to these opportunities.

The pilot group of Discovery Centers will be located in Amesbury, Dartmouth, Duxbury, Framingham & Wellesley. To learn more about the Transition Navigator role and plans for the centers, contact Willia Cooper.

What’s in a name? Language matters! We celebrate the vision of the former Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly in choosing a powerful and engaging new name: Boston’s Age Strong Commission. Their perspective: “For us, strength comes in many forms. Strength of community. Of cultures. Of experiences. Strength to embrace new chapters and opportunities. We believe that Bostonians who are 55+ make our City strong and vibrant.”

Information lovers, savor the University of Massachusetts’s 2018 Mass Healthy Aging Data Report. Read the executive summary, enjoy the infographics and dive into the details.

For more information, contact info@encorebostonnetwork.org.

Published: February 11, 2019