ICYMI, Mass. Now First Age-Friendly State Government
The Age Friendly-Institute recently designated the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a certified age-friendly employer, the first state government in the nation to earn this distinction. The “age-friendly” designation describes environments that promote access to services and opportunities for people as they age, and that prioritize the inclusion and participation of older adults in all aspects of life.
Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement during his keynote address at the Age Friendly Institute’s Revolutionize Conference at the Seaport Hotel. The Governor’s address highlighted the innovative work being done in Massachusetts to support older adults, guided by the work of the Governor’s Council to Address Aging, which marked its 5-year anniversary in April.
“Since taking office, our administration has prioritized making Massachusetts a place where older adults can live and thrive, and today’s announcement represents another step in those efforts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “When we help older people continue to live, work, and volunteer in our communities, we all benefit from their energy, experience, and contributions.
"As an employer, the Commonwealth deeply values the contributions of older adults, and today’s designation affirms that approach. We thank the Age-Friendly Institute for this recognition.”
“As an employer, the Commonwealth benefits enormously from the contributions of older adults across our workforce, and our administration has taken an approach that is mindful of their value,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This designation complements the continued work of the Governor’s Council to Address Aging, which continues to guide our work to makeMassachusetts a truly welcoming place for older adults.”
The Age-Friendly Institute has been certifying leading age-friendly workplaces since 2005 in its effort to support job seekers that are over 50 years old. Employers designated as Certified AgeFriendly Employers meet several criteria:
• Values employees based on proficiency, qualifications, and contribution
• Maintains policies, practices, and programs supporting people age 50+
• Values employee knowledge, maturity, reliability, and productivity
• Commits to meaningful employment, development opportunities, and competitive pay and benefits for employees 50+
“It is an immense honor to be the first state afforded Certified Age-Friendly Employer status,” said Massachusetts Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff McCue. “The Commonwealth benefits from its richly diverse workforce and staff of all ages and experience, and we are thrilled to be recognized as an employer that supports security, work / life balance, and personal development of our employees while delivering high quality services to the people of Massachusetts.”
"Congratulations to the Commonwealth for its leadership position in recognizing the importance of people being able to more easily work longer if they choose to," said Tim Driver, President of the Age-Friendly Institute and founder of RetirementJobs.com. "Employees
staying in the workforce helps employers succeed and it keeps people engaged. If more states adapt to accommodate their aging workforces, they'll keep their economies growing well into the future.”