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About the Elder Affairs Citizen's Advisory Council

Learn about the role of the CAC

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was established by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 19A, Section 5.

The 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 Committee’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.

Interested in joining the CAC?

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs is currently seeking community member to serve on the CAC. Find out more and consider applying.

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