At MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, Governor Charlie Baker established the Commonwealth's first Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.
JCHE President & CEO Amy Schectman was among the 24 leaders across the business community, health care, technology, advocacy organizations, policy, and caregiving, appointed to the Council.
Tasked with developing "a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts," the Council represents an important step in ensuring that Massachusetts is prepared to address one of the biggest demographic shifts in history: the aging of the population.
For the first time in recorded history, there will be more of us over 65 than under 15—in fact, Americans over 65 will make up 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2029.
The fact that we’re living longer is a wonderful development, but this demographic shift also presents significant challenges if you believe, as we do at JCHE, that all our elders deserve to live comfortably and with dignity.
"I am honored to be appointed to do such important work. The Governor's leadership on the issue of aging in Massachusetts will have broad-reaching benefits not only for our Commonwealth, but also for all of us who care about older adults having the opportunity to live full lives of connection and purpose--in other words, aging in community," said Amy, who is the only Council member working in affordable housing for seniors.
During Mr. Baker's visit to JCHE last December, the governor reiterated his support for our mission and expressed his commitment to our Aging In Community model.
With the establishment of the Council to Address Aging, Governor Baker follows up on his promise to be an active partner in our efforts to advance healthy aging for all adults.