Event Brought Service Providers, Legislative Leaders, and Seniors Together
MALDEN – State Representative Steve Ultrino (D—Malden) hosted Malden seniors at a well-attended community forum at the Malden Senior Center on Monday, along with House Elder Affairs Committee Chairwoman Representative Denise Garlick (D—Needham) and Representative PaulBrodeur (D—Melrose).
Representative Ultrino, who sits on the Elder Affairs Committee and also on the board of directors for the Monsignor Neagle Housing Association, spoke about the need for better resources for seniors in housing, health care, and other areas.
“We’ve done a lot of great work in Malden, but there’s so much more to do,” said Representative Ultrino. “It’s important for us to hear from seniors about their concerns, and that’s what this forum is about. I’m grateful to the many organizations and citizens who are joining with us in the legislature to fight for more services. ”
Chairwoman Garlick, who chairs the House Elder Affairs Committee, presented key information on these issues and discussed resources that are available to seniors in need. Other topics discussed include predatory lending practices against seniors, helping support caregivers, and unreasonable limits on assets and income for program eligibility.
The legislators fielded questions from those in attendance and invited seniors to complete an anonymous survey about issues they are facing relating to elder affairs.
Representative Ultrino stressed the importance of community partnerships in providing resources to Malden seniors. Several service providers and senior advocacy groups were represented, including AARP of Massachusetts, Boston Medical Center, Mystic Valley Elder Services, and ABCD, which recently began operating the Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP) program in Malden.
Representative Ultrino co-sponsored a number of important bills to help Malden seniors this legislative session, including An Act relative to assisting elders and people with wisabilities in the Commonwealth, An Act to create increased eligibility for home care services for the elderly, and The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act.