Calling it a representation and natural progression of work that started more than 10 years ago, Governor Charlie Baker endorsed a letter and action plan to keep the state on the forefront of the Age- and Dementia Friendly movement.
Age-Friendly Massachusetts launches into the action planning phase with a mission to “amplify, align, and coordinate local, regional, and statewide efforts to create a welcoming and livable Commonwealth as residents grow up and grow older together.”
The plan and corresponding materials are posted on Mass.gov with acknowledgement of some recent and major steps like recommendations the Governor’s Council to Address Aging. That Council, which includes several MHAC Executive Committee and Advisory Council members, conducted a significant part of the Age-Friendly assessment phase with a listening session tour across the Commonwealth.
The Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan itself serves as the state’s multiyear plan to make the Commonwealth, as a whole, more age- and dementia-friendly. It sets forth a mission and vision and includes a comprehensive set of values, goals, and strategies advancing Massachusetts’ efforts to become an age-friendly state.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs is inviting feedback on the plan and process from residents. To provide input on the Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action Plan please submit comments online through our online form, or by contacting EOEA by phone at 617-727-7750.
MHAC is proud to be a part of this process where Massachusetts is one of only a few states designated as Age-Friendly and we will continue to post milestones and updates relative to this action plan as time progresses.