MHAC Gathering Age/Dementia Friendly Input for Healey-Driscoll Transition Committees

Dec 7, 2022

The incoming Healey-Driscoll Administration established a series of transition committees to advise the soon-to-be Governor and Lieutenant Governor as they prepare to take over the executive office.

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (MHAC) is gathering feedback on how these committees can advance ideas that improve health and well-being for older adults.

MHAC plans to communicate a brief set of 5-7 concepts and principles for each transition committee that put an age- and dementia friendly lens on the committee’s focus areas. If you have any thoughts or suggestions to strengthen healthy aging under any of the following topics, please email James Fuccione at MHAC by December 14th.

  1. How We Get Around (Transportation): How we make sure our public transportation infrastructure is safe, reliable, affordable and connects our entire state.

  2. Affordable, Abundant Housing: How we ensure all residents have access to safe, affordable housing regardless of the region in which they live.

  3. Climate Readiness, Resiliency and Adaptation: How we tackle the climate crisis head on while also creating good-paying jobs, protecting our communities and addressing climate injustices.

  4. Jobs and a Flourishing Economy for All: How we build a dynamic economy that reduces costs for people and businesses while lifting up our workers.

  5. Thriving Youth and Young Adults: How we address learning loss from the pandemic and give all children and families equitable access to the educational, social, emotional and behavioral supports they need.

  6. Safe and Healthy Communities for All Ages: How we build safe communities and increase access to critical community health resources, including mental health supports and substance use recovery services.