Governor Baker signed Executive Order 576 establishing the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts on April 12, 2017. According to the Order “the Council shall be responsible for advising the Governor on the development of governmental policies, community resources, best practices, and informal supports that will promote healthy aging in the Commonwealth. The Council will formulate a plan to achieve the goal of making Massachusetts the most age-friendly statefor people of all ages.”
This initial blueprint outlines opportunities for the Council’s continued work to make the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for all people. These opportunities include:
• Improve economic security
• Ensure access and affordability of health and supportive services necessary to maintain maximum independence
• Promote age-friendly communities
• Facilitate connection and engagement
The Council identified promoting access, equity, cultural competency and inclusion, as well as leveraging innovation and technology as important cross-cutting themes informing all recommendations. The Commonwealth benefits from the involvement, experience and knowledge of older people in every aspect of our community and economy. The Council provides a platform to elevate the conversation, think beyond public programs, and to draw on expertise in technology, health care, business, and innovation sectors. During its second year the Council will establish workgroups and develop specific plans for implementing recommendations.
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