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Massachusetts as a Model for Healthy Aging
  • Forum held on September 27, 2010

This forum was the second in a series moving towards an action plan to 
help make Massachusetts a model state for healthy aging. It provided information on existing programs in the Commonwealth to facilitate 
healthy aging and identify gaps.  Information provided was on initiatives in other states to coordinate services and activities and 
move towards healthy aging communities at the grassroots level.  We heard about innovative strategies to develop a healthy aging public
 awareness campaign and discussed ways to work together towards achieving 
this important goal. Speakers included: Dr. Lauren Smith 
from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Ruth Palombo from 
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Jennifer 
Wallace-Brodeur from Burlington Livable Communities Project, AARP 
Vermont, Gerry Mackenzie from, New Jersey Department of Health and 
Senior Services, and John Beilenson from Strategic Communications & 
Planning.  This forum was co-sponsored and made possible by Tufts Health 
Plan Foundation.