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First Senior Civic Academy cohort graduates

May 18, 2018

Elderly Commission

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Elderly Commission

The graduating class was comprised of 25 engaged, diverse and enthusiastic students over the age of 50 from across Boston's neighborhoods.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston's Commission on Affairs of the Elderly today announced that the first Senior Civic Academy cohort graduated. The graduating class was comprised of 25 engaged, diverse and enthusiastic students over the age of 50 from across Boston's neighborhoods. The 28-hour curriculum included aging policy, advocacy training and meetings with local, state, and federal administrators and elected officials.

Senior Civic Academy graduating class

"Older adults are the foundation of our city, and it's important that we empower all residents to become effective advocates for themselves and their communities," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This Senior Civic Academy gives older Bostonians the tools, contacts, and resources to make their voices heard."

With support from AARP, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and UMass Boston, the Senior Civic Academy was formed in response to community feedback and included in the City's Age-Friendly Action Plan. Students heard from over 40 speakers over the course of four days, through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.

"I am on fire from these discussions," said Joyce Durst, 72, from Mattapan, who asked questions about solar energy and the tiny home movement. "This Senior Civic Academy is a good idea; we needed this opportunity. I'm proud of our city--we have it going on in Boston! We may all live in different neighborhoods, but we all just want to feel comfortable and good about where we live. Listening to us and helping us now benefits everyone."

ABOUT THE COMMISSION ON AFFAIRS OF THE ELDERLY

The Commission on Affairs of the Elderly facilitates full and equal participation in all aspects of life by older adults in Boston. The commission is dedicated to improving the lives of Boston's older adults by connecting them with resources and information, and it is focused on setting the City's direction for successful aging in Boston. Read the newly launched Age-Friendly Action Plan, or visit www.boston.gov for more information.