Today Seniorlink's CEO, Tom Riley, was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's newly established Council to Address Aging.
The council includes members drawn from across the public and private sectors in an effort to "develop a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts, to achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages."
The council members attended a ceremony at the MIT AgeLab, where Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner spoke, among others.
The Governor noted the importance of encouraging age-friendly communities across the state, especially as the Massachusetts' elder population grows. He noted that older adults wish to age in place, remain active in communities that are free of ageism, and to be considered "a person first, not just an older adult."
The council will be co-chaired by philanthropist Eileen Connors, who expressed her gratitude for the position and related her experience as a social worker, mother, and grandmother, and Marylou Sudders.
Speaking of the occasion, Tom remarked: "I am honored to serve on Governor Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Older Americans remain vital to both the health of our state’s economy and the character of our local communities. By understanding the unique talents and needs of these citizens and the family caregivers that support them, the Council will be able to identify public-private strategies that can be practically implemented and shared across the country."
More info on the Council and a list of its members can be found in the Administration's press release.
Governor Charlie Baker speaks to the crowd at the ceremony marking the establishing of the Council
Tom Riley (second from left) and the newly appointed councilmembers state the oath
Tom Riley and Charlie Baker