Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan, was named by Governor Charlie Baker to the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, the foundation announced.
The council, comprising leaders from the business community, academia, health care, technology and innovation, advocacy organizations, caregivers, community organizations, and municipalities, will develop a plan to make Massachusetts the most age-friendly state. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and they will make up 23% of the Massachusetts population by 2035.
“The notion that people are fully retired at the age of 65 is inconsistent with what I see around Massachusetts every day,” said the governor. “Many of our older adults still have ample time, energy and talent available to start a second or third career, volunteer in their community, become a mentor, or pursue an unfulfilled passion. I look forward to the council’s work considering ways for the state to improve public and private means for supporting and engaging with older adults.”
Already throughout the state, communities are embracing age-friendly practices, developing policies that support aging in community, and coming together to create communities that work for people of all ages.
“We applaud the governor’s leadership on this issue,” said Moreno Cargie. “The council will help us accelerate the momentum to make Massachusetts a national leader in the age-friendly movement.”
The council will be co-chaired by two social workers, philanthropist Eileen Connors and Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
Other members of the Council are Jay Ash, secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Alice Bonner, secretary of Elder Affairs; Ger Brophy, chief technology officer, Life Sciences, General Electric Healthcare; Bill Caplin, retired insurance and financial planner, Transamerica Life Companies and Transamerica Financial Advisors; Joseph F. Coughlin, director, MIT AgeLab; Rosanne DiStefano, executive director, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley; Kevin J. Dumas, Attleboro mayor; Beth Dugan, associate professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School, UMass Boston; Kate Fichter, assistant secretary for policy, MassDOT; Tom Grape, chairman and CEO, Benchmark Senior Living; Dan Henry, chief culture officer, Bright Horizons; Betsy Howell-Hampton, vice president, population health at Reliant Medical Group; Laura Iglesias, Geriatric Medicine, Baystate Medical Center; Steven Kaufman, clinical psychologist; Ruth Moy, executive director, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center; Alicia Munnell, director, Boston College Retirement Research Center; Brian O’Grady, director, Williamstown COA and MCOA president; Tom Riley, president and CEO, Seniorlink; Janina Sadlowski, head of quality and regulatory, Philips Home Monitoring; Amy Schectman, president and CEO, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly; and Ron Walker, secretary of Workforce Development.