Council on Aging
From left to right back row: Sally Kaitz, Jennifer Rich, Frederic Wallace, Glenda Thomas, Ruthann Tomassini, Audrey Hall
From left to right front row: Grace O’Donnell, Clyde Dottin (COA Chair), Betty Muto, Mark Goldman (COA Vice-Chair)
Absent: Larry Griffin and Jim Divver
The Framingham Council on Aging’s mission is to understand, support, strengthen and improve the lives of the diverse residents of Framingham who are 55 or older through advocacy, communication, and collaboration.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Elevate the visibility of Framingham’s 55+ community to the Mayor and City Councilors.
This will be done by conducting meetings with the 55+ community to understand their issues and providing periodic summary reports/updates to the Mayor, City Councils, and other city officials, as needed, to develop plans that will address concerns/issues identified:
- Impact of COVID 19
- Housing and rental concerns
- Transportation needs
- Socialization concerns and desires
- Other topics that may arise
The Council on Aging shall consist of not less than 7 nor more than 11 members. All members shall serve without compensation. The mayor shall appoint all members of the board. Members are required to be residents of Framingham. Non-residents shall not be eligible to serve.
A member’s duty is to understand, support, and carry out the Council on Aging’s mission on behalf of the aging population. The Council on Aging assists older adults to remain independent at home for as long as possible while providing for choices and opportunities. This includes identifying unmet needs and developing and implementing programs and services that help to meet those needs. Members should attend as many of the eleven meetings each year as possible. Preview the budget and narrative reports sent by the Director and review the minutes from prior meetings and agenda for the current meeting and come prepared to discuss.
Members are responsible to the City Mayor and ultimately to the citizens of Framingham. Members must understand and be committed to the COA-defined mission. Members must understand the state laws that affect all Council on Aging board members across the state, such as Open Meeting Law, Public Records law, Conflict of Interest Laws, Fair Information Practices Act. Effective communications between the COA board and the Mayor are central to the Council’s fulfillment of its mission.
Board members must understand and approve the Director of Elder Services budget and monitor it monthly or at least quarterly.
COA Board should be involved with the Director of Elder Services in planning and/or reviewing annual and long-term goals. Evaluate and monitor the programs and services.
COA Board members may also serve as program volunteers.
Familiarity with the elder population and their needs and services available, interest in advocating for seniors’ needs, willingness to engage seniors in the community for input and feedback, commitment to attend monthly meetings approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Recognition and acceptance of an advisory role to the City Mayor. Familiarity with budgets and how to monitor them. Long-term planning, marketing skills, communication skills, interviewing skills, openness to new ideas.
Meeting dates/occurrence: Second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.; September through July. For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 508-532-5400
|Clyde Dottin||Chair||June 2023|
|Brenda Diaz||Member||June 2024|
|Brian Sullivan||Member||June 2023|
|Audrey Hall||Member||June 2022|
|Betty Muto||Member||June 2022|
|Jennifer Rich||Member||June 2022|
|Glenda Thomas||Member||June 2023|
|Ruthann Tomassini||Member||June 2022|
|Michael McGibbon||Member||June 2022|
|Linda Schwartz||Member||June 2024|