Age Friendly Berkshires

Age Friendly Berkshires Age Friendly Berkshires is a collaborative initiative dedicated to pursuing a well-designed, livable community that enables health and sustains economic growth so residents of ALL ages can live an active, healthy, productive and meaningful life.
An Age-Friendly community enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. By 2030, 50-60% of Berkshire County's population will be over the age of 50. With this demographic change, the needs of the community also change. By planning and implementing new ideas across the 8 domains of livability (Civic Engagement and Employment, Communication and Information, Community and Health Services, Housing, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Respect and Inclusion, Social Participation, Transportation), we can better prepare for that shift and ensure the Berkshires are both a great place to grow up and a great place to grow old. Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents - of ALL ages.
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In case you haven't checked on county demographic stats lately, THIS is why the Age Friendly Berkshires coalition exists...
06/15/2020

In case you haven't checked on county demographic stats lately, THIS is why the Age Friendly Berkshires coalition exists! We are here to improve local services and supports for residents who are growing up an growing old here. Right now, we're working on improving local transportation, regional communications, accessibility of roads, buildings and community spaces for people living with disabilities and much more. Please join us -- we can't DO Age Friendly Berkshires without your local support and activism.

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is updating its Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan and is seekin...
06/12/2020
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) Rider Survey

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is updating its Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan and is seeking your input! To gain a better understanding of the current and future transportation needs of Berkshire County, a mobile-friendly, public survey has been developed and posted on the BRTA website. The survey is currently available in both English and Spanish.

The priority for BRTA continues to be providing the safest transportation possible for all our customers using BRTA services. At the same time, we are committed to not losing sight of what BRTA can and should look like next year or the year after. Your feedback will provide the basis for this five-year planning process.

Please fill out this brief survey by clicking on the image below or on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRTASurvey.

Thank you for your time and feedback! PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!

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From our community partners at Community Development Corp of South Berkshire -- please share!https://mailchi.mp/35d7ba13...
06/09/2020
Ahead of Schedule and Small Business Support

From our community partners at Community Development Corp of South Berkshire -- please share!

https://mailchi.mp/35d7ba13a9b6/ihljjtglqe-4815113?e=8ba839d732

THANKS TO SALISBURY BANK for their $5,000 grant to CDCSB and for using Mass. Community Investment Tax Credits! Their generous support goes directly towards our work in creating affordable housing and living wage jobs for all households across the southern Berkshires, with an intensive focus on th...

Please join this important discussion!
06/07/2020

Please join this important discussion!

Represent yourself, let your voice be heard, be a part of history. Your peers are looking for you to join the conversation! What side of history will you be on? Please spread the word.

Here's a great,free program for older adults who are feeling alone to read with a volunteer.  Call your Council on Aging...
06/04/2020

Here's a great,free program for older adults who are feeling alone to read with a volunteer. Call your Council on Aging for information and to sign up!

A message from the Census Bureau for 2nd homeowners
06/01/2020

A message from the Census Bureau for 2nd homeowners

This says it all! We need a Complete Count in the Berkshires!!
05/30/2020

This says it all! We need a Complete Count in the Berkshires!!

Respond to the U.S. Census today. Visit http://2020census.gov

The BRPC Common Ground newsletter is out....please read and share!http://berkshireplanning.org/images/uploads/newsletter...
05/27/2020

The BRPC Common Ground newsletter is out....please read and share!

http://berkshireplanning.org/images/uploads/newsletters/May_June_2020_final.pdf

05/22/2020

AFB would like to remind the public that it is important to complete the U.S. Census for all properties, including seasonal homes. Right now the funding coming to the Berkshires for Covid-19 emergency response is based on population figures collected from the 2010 Census. So you see, it's critical that every household respond!!

Those who live at multiple places throughout the year should count themselves at the address where they live and sleep most of the time. Those who split their time evenly between two or more places should count themselves where they were staying as of April 1, 2020. However, a census response is required from each and every property.

For any property that is owned but only used part of the time, follow these instructions:

Visit my2020census.gov;

Enter the Census ID or address for the secondary property;

Enter “0” for the number of people living at the property;

Click “Next,” and when a “soft error” occurs, click “Next” again;

Select “No” when asked to confirm no person lives at this property; and

Select as primary reason “Seasonal.”

Following the instructions will ensure that all properties are counted.

Has your household responded yet?!
05/19/2020
News Brief: Census response rates show gains, still behind state, national rates |

Has your household responded yet?!

News Brief: Census response rates show gains, still behind state, national rates By Edge Staff Thursday, May 14, 2020 News Berkshire County 2020 Census response rates show gains, still behind state and national rates Pittsfield — The Berkshire County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee Thursday r...

05/18/2020

Volunteering: Where to Start and How to Stay Engaged

Berkshire Community College free webinar series!

(1) May 19 at 3:00 pm - Volunteering 101: Brenda Petell from Berkshire United Way will speak about the value and benefits of volunteering, strategies to find the right fit, and how volunteering can enhance your personal growth and career exploration. Register by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aUsXQdSAQaiA07jOBzYfcw

(2) May 20 at 3:00 pm – Joys of Volunteering. Join us for a virtual roundtable to discuss volunteering experiences in the Berkshires and beyond. Register by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3z8cEN13SASYz8O6sZXPjw

(3) May 21 at 3:00 pm – Engaging and Managing Volunteers. Connect with representatives from Berkshire United Way, 18 Degrees, and Habitat for Humanity to learn about the best practices to involve volunteers in the work of nonprofits. Register by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WZW3dUF-Tqi8E5zMkF_Ofw

Thank you Lenox COA!
05/15/2020

Thank you Lenox COA!

Help Seniors Stay Connected...The Lenox Council on Aging has set up a Senior Friends CALL LINE: 413.637.5535. Just call to sign up for yourself or a senior in your life. Visit our Connecting with Neighbors page on lenox.org
https://lenox.org/lenox-chamber-covid-19/connect-with-neighbors/
#lenoxlove

05/14/2020
berkshiregrown.org

From our friends as Berkshire Grown...hot off the press!

https://berkshiregrown.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Guide-BG2020-25links.pdf

05/14/2020
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Love this song!

Brendon Urie joins Jimmy and The Roots to perform a social-distancing remix of Queen and David Bowie's hit "Under Pressure" with instruments found at home while in quarantine.

05/13/2020

Food4Vets program to distribute in North Adams

North Adams — The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation will hold a pop-up Food4Vets empowerment center Saturday, May 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at VFW Post 996.

Food4Vets provides shelf-stable meals and fresh produce to veterans who have limited access to markets during this time of COVID-19. MMSF staff/ volunteers will be setting up and monitoring the empowerment center. They will follow strict procedures to ensure health and wellness for all involved.

Online registration is required. As long as a veteran has registered online, they simply drive to the North Adams VFW and pick up their box. If the veteran is unable to pick up the box, they should reach out to a family member, friend or local veterans’ organization for assistance. For more information, contact the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation at (617) 755-7413 or [email protected].

Lets participate in a research project to understand the effects of Covid19 on mental health.
05/10/2020

Lets participate in a research project to understand the effects of Covid19 on mental health.

Help researchers understanding the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how people cope by participating in this study. Click on the link: https://bit.ly/2VzKIom

Yay! Lets celebrate these honorees making a difference in the Berkshires!!
05/10/2020

Yay! Lets celebrate these honorees making a difference in the Berkshires!!

Help us celebrate this all-star group of honorees! Join us on Tuesday, May19th for the VIRTUAL Berkshire Nonprofit Awards 2020.

Read more and register at npcberkshires.org.

Aleta Moncecchi/Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc., Alix Ziaja/ROOTS Teen Center, David Russell/Barrington Stage Company, Arwen Lowbridge/WAM Theatre, Caroline Wheeler/Sisters For Peace, Joe Gunn/BSC, Dale Abrams/Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley, Sharron Frazier/McClain/BSC, Ed Forfa/Berkshire Place, Jenney Maloy/Stockbridge Library Association, Judy Nardacci/Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Kathy Keeser/Louison House, Mary Jo Ramos/Berkshire Immigrant Center, Maureen O'Connell Atwood/Pediatric Development Center, Melissa Myers/Berkshire Community College Alumni, Raei Bridges/NAACP-Berkshire County Branch, Thasia Giles/Jacob's Pillow, Sabrina Allard/Railroad Street Youth Project, Sara Rawson/Southern Berkshire Health Coalition, Ann Gallo/IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, Sue Doucette/Berkshire County Head Start, Wray Gunn, Sr./Clinton Church Restoration

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application is now available (as of Monday, 4/20/20). This is targeted to pro...
05/08/2020
Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application is now available (as of Monday, 4/20/20).

This is targeted to provide assistance for gig workers, self-employed, religious workers, people seeking part-time work, and others not eligible for regular unemployment assistance. Go to www.mass.gov/pua to learn how to apply, to review the eligibility and documentation checklists and to access the application.

The Department of Unemployment Assistance call center phone at 877-626-6800 is also available for phone PUA applications for those without access to the internet or computer.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

If you can support this...please please consider a donation!
05/07/2020

If you can support this...please please consider a donation!

Our Brown Bag: Food for Elders program brings a bag of specially tailored groceries to qualifying seniors from 51 sites throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts . Each bag contains the equivalent of 12 meals.

The bags are usually packed at senior centers by senior volunteers, but we have adjusted to packing bags ahead of time in our warehouse with our own volunteers and delivering the groceries. You can help us provide more meals to seniors today.

https://www.foodbankwma.org/donate/donate-now-2/

Here is help for those unemployed because of Corona....
05/07/2020

Here is help for those unemployed because of Corona....

New resources from Community Legal Aid for those still struggling to obtain unemployment benefits.

Help those who are helping others....A countywide appeal!
05/05/2020

Help those who are helping others....A countywide appeal!

Berkshire County: Stand up and be counted....your community depends on it!
05/05/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

Berkshire County: Stand up and be counted....your community depends on it!

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

Farewell to our friend and AARP Safe Driving Volunteer teacher, Jay Zeif.  It was our pleasure to know you Jay.  Rest in...
05/04/2020
Jay Zeif Obituary - Pittsfield, MA | The Berkshire Eagle

Farewell to our friend and AARP Safe Driving Volunteer teacher, Jay Zeif. It was our pleasure to know you Jay. Rest in peace.

Jay S. Zeif, a member of the NYSE for over fifty years, passed away on Tax Day, April 15 following a valiant battle against cancer in South Egremont, MA at the home of his daughter Suzannah VanSchaick

04/30/2020

Pittsfield Prospers has pivoted to providing programming on PCTV to assist community members dealing with isolation in the face of COVID-19. They've created a program to give information and tools based on the best social science research to help people be resilient. The first ten-minute PSA will air on Friday, May 1 at 8:30 am and again on Saturday at 6:15 am. A second PSA focusing on Finding AWE at Home will air the first full week in May. Additional PSAs suggesting ways to deal with the impact of isolation during the pandemic will be produced weekly. The link to the PSAs will also be available on the Pittsfield Prospers web site at PittfieldProspers.com. PLEASE SHARE!

This is important folks! Our representatives need to to hear from all of us...
04/29/2020

This is important folks! Our representatives need to to hear from all of us...

Urge your Massachusetts State Senator to support transparency surrounding nursing homes, rest homes, and other facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19: http://spr.ly/6185142mc

Address

1 Fenn Street
Pittsfield, MA
01201

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Interested in volunteering on the Age Friendly Task Force, Active Agers Advisory Council, or in one of the eight domains of livability? Send us a message!

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Age Friendly Berkshires: Creating a more livable County for all residents, with a focus on the needs of an aging population

Age Friendly Berkshires is a coalition of activist residents, municipalities, non-profit organizations, community groups and businesses across Berkshire County, with an ambitious Action Plan to create a region that allows all residents to be healthy, active, safe and connected throughout their lifetimes.

PLEASE JOIN US to change the culture of aging in Berkshire County! We’re committed to: 1) Implementing the Age Friendly Berkshires Action Plan in our towns and in our work or organization; (Download the Action Plan here: agefriendlyberkshires.com)

2) Improving the Berkshires in 8 Areas of Livability: Housing, Transportation, Communication, Civic Participation & Employment, Social Participation, Community & Health Services, Outdoors Spaces & Buildings, Respect & Inclusion

3) Communicating regularly with others engaged in becoming Age Friendly via www.agefriendlyberkshires.com, so we can share knowledge, help and learn from each other, and celebrate successes!

4) Measuring progress toward our shared goals on a regular basis!

Join Us! Email [email protected] or call 413-442-1521 x16.