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Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Pathways to Lifelong Wellness
  • Forum held on December 14, 2009

As the baby boom generation retires and life expectancy increases, steps can and must be taken to help seniors stay healthy, active and socially engaged. National efforts and best practices around the country were described by our keynote speaker, Nancy Whitelaw, senior vice president for Healthy Aging, and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging. Challenges in our state as well as best practices were analyzed in our issue brief and discussed by a panel of top state officials and nonprofit organization leaders implementing innovative and successful programs in our communities.  Speakers included: Secretary of Elder Affairs, Ann Hartstein, Anita Albright from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Robert Schreiber from Hebrew SeniorLife, and Rosa Palacios from Commonwealth Care Alliance.