On Tuesday, January 24th, Governor Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House.
Of particular interest to JCHE and to everyone with a stake in elder care, Mr. Baker announced the formation of a Council on Older Adults. The Council will be charged with crafting "policies and programs that make it possible for...older adults and seniors to live vibrant, purposeful lives….”
JCHE enthusiastically welcomes the governor's initiative, and we look forward to working closely with the administration to ensure that the Council is well positioned to address the many pressing issues facing our commonwealth's seniors.
Here's the relevant portion of Gov. Baker's speech:
“We must also think differently about how we support and engage older adults. The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 62 or 65 is inconsistent with what I see every day.
“And even if some have stepped back from what they spent most of their lives doing, most still have tons of time and talent available to do something else.
“Hey – I turned 60 in November. Sixty.
“I remember thinking that was ancient when my dad turned sixty.
“Now he’s 88 and still the smartest, most informed person I know. And Dad – nobody gives better advice than you do.
“There are thousands of citizens in Massachusetts who are still very much in the game in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s. And there’ll be more as our population continues to age.
“I’ll be signing an Executive Order in the coming weeks that will establish a Council on Older Adults. It will focus on policies and programs that make it possible for even more older adults and seniors to live vibrant, purposeful lives….”