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News EOEA Seeks Community Members To Join The Citizen's Advisory Council

12/18/2018
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs

BostonThe Executive Office of Elder Affairs is seeking community members to join the Citizen’s Advisory Council. The Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) was established by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 19A, Section 5. The CAC’s primary function is to provide a mechanism for citizens to have meaningful input into the development of policies, programs and services for older adults, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers and to advise and assist the Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs on matters relating to the special needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers. CAC aims to:

  • Provide feedback from older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs with respect to key issues in program and policy development, including the State Plan on Aging.
  • Advise and assist the Executive Office of Elder Affairs on matters relevant to the overall needs and concerns of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.
  • Advise the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in the evaluation of programs and services with respect to the needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers.
  • Advise the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in determining priorities regarding older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.
  • Increase general community understanding of the programs and services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.
  • Assist in improving communication between citizens, the aging network and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs regarding the programs and services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers.

CAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Elder Affairs on the basis of their experience, civic and community involvement. In accordance with the Council’s governing bylaws, consideration is given to age, geography, as well as other factors. According to the bylaws, at least 50% of the board must be 55 years of age or older and members serve two-year terms. CAC meets quarterly.

All interested individuals should submit a resume and letter illustrating their interest and experience to Siobhan Coyle at Siobhan.Coyle@state.ma.us

Executive Office of Elder Affairs 

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