Council on Aging

MISSION STATEMENT

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
  • Communication 
  • Resources
  • Awareness
  • Access 
  • Housing and rental concerns
  • Transportation needs
  • Socialization concerns and desires
  • Other topics that may arise

MEMBERSHIP 

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.

MEMBER DUTIES

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.

MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

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 is 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.

MEMBER SKILL SET

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 INFORMATION

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

Members of the Council on Aging

Name
Seat
Term Expiration
Clyde Dottin Chair June 2023
Brenda Diaz  Member June 2021
Mark Goldman Member June 2021
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 2021