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: Emily Williams (Boston Senior Home Care)
Past President: Joan Hyde (UMass, Boston)
Vice Presidents: Kathy Burnes (Jewish Family & Children’s Service), Julie Norstrand (Boston College)
Treasurer: Lisa Gurgone (Home Care Aide Council)
Secretary and Communications Liaisons: Joann Montepare (Lasell College)


Arnaa Alcon (Bridgewater State University)
Jayne Colino (Newton Senior Services)
Guillermo Ernest Gonzales (Boston University)
Maureen Power (Worcester State University)



REGISTER FOR THE 2018 MGA Annual Conference

Reframing Aging:
Applying Communications Research to Advocacy Challenges

Lasell College

deWitt Auditorium

80 Maple Street

Newton, MA -2466

Friday, May 4, 9:00am - 1:00pm


We hope you will join us for this valuable event. (For more details)