Aging with Dignity Campaign

In 2006 GBIO joined with others to help enact “Equal Choice” legislation, which provided that low income frail elders and disabled persons now had the choice of remaining, and receiving appropriate care at home rather than being forced into a nursing home. 

We also educated our members on a series of documents needed in advanced age (e.g. health care proxies, living wills, and powers of attorney) and distributed thousands of copies of the Family Caregiver Handbook through a collaboration with M.I.T.  

We also successfully advocated for expanding access to home care for low- and moderate-income elders and supported the successful efforts in 2006 to enact the Personal Care Attendant Quality Home Care Workforce Law giving personal care attendants the right to form a union.

In 2007, GBIO leaders convened to discuss a common problem: When facing the crisis of taking care of an aging parent who suddenly can’t live alone, or trying to enable them to stay in their home with support, Massachusetts residents have often run into a brick wall – state resources rendered unavailable because it is impossible to discern what they are and how they can be accessed.

In 2008, GBIO’s Aging with Dignity campaign negotiated an agreement with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs to revamp its Information and Referral (I&R) systems. The State committed to:

  1. A re-design of the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs website,
  2. Adoption of standards for the I & R workers fielding phone calls, an 
  3. A vigorous marketing and public education campaign as soon as the website and phone referral systems are established.

The new website was put into place in 2009 and I&R processes have been improved since.