On April 12th at the MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order establishing the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director at Elder Services, is among the first members appointed to the State’s first Advisory Council on Aging. The Council will develop a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging and achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and they will make up 23% of the Commonwealth’s population by 2035.
“The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 65 is inconsistent with what I see around Massachusetts every day,” said Governor Baker. “Many of our older adults still have ample time, energy and talent available to start a second or third career, volunteer in their community, become a mentor or pursue an unfulfilled passion. I look forward to the council’s work considering ways for the state to improve public and private means for supporting and engaging with older adults.”
“I believe that whenever we have an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults, we must seize it. It is a privilege to have been asked to play a role in creating a state-wide environment that promotes healthy aging and independence for older folks and their families, no matter where they are in the aging process. It is a win-win for all Massachusetts residents” states DiStefano.