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: Joan Hyde (UMass, Boston)
Vice Presidents: Emily Judd 
(Boston Senior Home Care), Kathy Burnes (Jewish Family & Children’s Service)
Treasurer: Lisa Gurgone 
(Home Care Aide Council)

Secretary and Communications Liaisons: Joann Montepare (Lasell College), Julie Norstrand (Boston College)


Arnaa Alcon (Bridgewater State University)

Jayne Colino (Newton Senior Services)

Guillermo Ernest Gonzales (Boston University)


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 Fall Policy Forum, The Aging Network: Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Leaders, will be held on October 23, 2015 at Lasell College in Newton, MA
(8:30/registration – 1:00/lunch). Please join us for this valuable conference.


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