The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (Elder Affairs) became one of the nation's first cabinet-level agencies responsible for addressing the needs of elders in 1971.

Originally a small advocacy agency, Elder Affairs assumed its mandate to fund services in 1973 with the passage of legislation creating the Office. Today, Elder Affairs directs services to thousands of elders across the Commonwealth through state and federally funded programs.

Elder Affairs is responsible for the administration and oversight of programs and services on behalf of the Commonwealth's plus-million elder population. Its mission is to promote the dignity, independence, and right of Massachusetts elders, and to support their families through advocacy and the development and management of community-based programs and services.

Through the statewide elder network, Elder Affairs provides services locally via Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs), Councils on Aging (COA), and senior centers in communities across the Commonwealth. This network reaches out to elders in need of services that include home care and caregiver support, nutrition programs, long term care, protective services, housing options, and SHINE counseling.

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