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Gov. Baker's Office Announces Community Listening Sessions to Address Aging


Governor Charles Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts has announced it will host a series of Community Listening Sessions across the state, to hear ideas about how to make the Commonwealth a livable state for people of all ages.

It's your chance to make an impact in your community!

Following are session dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, June 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Gloucester Senior Center
  • Monday, June 26, 2-4 p.m., UMass Medical Worcester Campus, Aaron Lazare Research Building, Worcester
  • Tuesday, July 25, 9-11 a.m., Barnstable Senior Center
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Pittsfield

Those unable to attend are encouraged to share their ideas by emailing them to the Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please call William Travascio at 617-222-7579, or or email him.

Specifically, the Governor's Council would like to learn:

  • What factors make your community a great place to grow older?
  • How can we support families that include one or more older adults?
  • How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness,isolation) in communities?
  • What are the top two issues or concerns that create barriers to peoplebeing able to age well in their communities?
  • How can we accelerate innovation to support and connect older adults?
  • How can we change public perceptions about aging?

The Governor Charles D. Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts was created in April 2017 when Gov. Baker signed an executive order at the MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, establishing the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. The Council is charged with developing a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts, and to "achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages."




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