About MGA

a Statewide Organization Advancing the Field of Aging


Welcome to the official website of the Massachusetts Gerontology Association. The mission of MGA is to convene researchers, practitioners, and public policy makers in Massachusetts to create dialogue on critical issues related to aging and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from academic research to day-to-day practice.


The Association (MGA) was founded in 1974 by a group of gerontologists headed by the late Professor Louis Lowy of Boston University. These charter members emphasized the need for an ongoing exchange of information and practice within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MGA focuses on promoting dialogue between researchers and practitioners and has a special interest in relating gerontological knowledge to policy making.

The Massachusetts Gerontology Association has become a leading organization for professionals in the field of aging. Our membership includes individuals and organizations from a wide range of disciplines including social work, education, public health, nursing/medicine, housing/architecture and many others.


MGA Officers and Executive Committee:
President: Joann Montepare (Lasell College)
Vice Presidents: Joan Hyde
(UMass, Boston), Emily Meyer (Mass-ALFA)
Treasurer: Lisa Gurgone
(MA Council for Home Care Aide Services)


Sarita Bhalotra (Brandeis University)
Arnaa Alcon
(Bridgewater State University)
Kathy Burnes
(Jewish Family & Children’s Service)
Jayne Colino
(Newton Senior Services)
Emily Judd
(Boston Senior Home Care)
KR Kaffenberger
(UMass, Boston)
Julie Norstrand
(Boston College)


If you are not currently a member, please consider joining MGA or referring a collegue who would benefit from the unique network of peers in aging and aging-related fields across the state to address the issues and challenges of the 21st century.




The MGA Annual Meeting on “Brain Matters” - Research and Practice in Cognitive Aging and Well-Being will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Boston MA, on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Please join us for this valuable conference.


We hope you will join us! (For more details)