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Aging is a gift, a chance to keep growing, learning and experiencing life in new ways. It’s about defying limitations and embracing the possibilities that lie ahead. So, for anyone else pondering the future, remember: It’s not about passively accepting age, it’s about actively living each day to the fullest, wrinkles and all.

David S. Cantor, Growing Old, With Grace and Aches, New York Times (free access), June 15, 2024

Perhaps it goes without saying, but dealing with a terminal illness often feels desperately sad — a steady march toward an inevitable demise. It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself, to focus on everything you’re losing. If you’re not careful, it will consume you. Finding a way to revel in the moments of joy or weirdness or humor, however small, was a matter of survival.

Cornelia Channing, Learning to Love My Father as His Mind Unraveled, New York Times (free access), June 15, 2024

Mission

Dignity Alliance Massachusetts is dedicated to transformative change to ensure the dignity of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.  We are committed to advancing new ways of providing long-term services, support, living options, and care, while respecting choice and self-determination.  Through education, legislation, regulatory reform, and legal strategies, this mission will become reality throughout the Commonwealth.

As a grass-roots coalition of aging and disability service and advocacy organizations and supporters, Dignity Alliance Massachusetts works to secure fundamental changes.

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In the News

Nursing Home Staffing

Nursing Home Staffing has been an issue for some time. Insufficient staffing results in a poor quality of life for ...

Consumer Voice Statement on H.J. Res. 139 –A Resolution to Block Staffing Standards in Nursing Homes

On May 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule implementing a minimum staffing ...

2026-06-18 Spotlight: The Beauty of Embracing Aging

The Beauty of Embracing Aging By Charles M. Blow, New York Times (free access)
June 6, 2024

As Evelyn Couch said to ...

Study Session – Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH)

May 8, 2024 Presenter: Julia Garvey, Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate with Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Julia covered priority ...

Marsters Lawsuit

Marsters Lawsuit Settlement Agreement Reached April 16, 2024 After lengthy negotiations, the Commonwealth and Plaintiffs reached a Settlement Agreement to ...

Bringing People Home – Marsters Info for attorneys, paralegals, and legal advocates

May 29, 2024: The Center for Public Representation (CPR) and Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) have prepared a webinar especially ...

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