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


Arnaa Alcon (Bridgewater State University)
Alison Freeman (City of Boston, Age Strong Commission)
Reeve Goldhaber (Boston University)
Joan Hyde (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Bronwyn Keefe (Boston University)
Maureen Power (Worcester State University)





MGA Annual Spring Forum
Thursday April 25, 2019
Non-Profit Center
89 South St. Boston, MA 02111


Where professionals in the aging field and students from multiple disciplines can meet and learn together.

Please plan to join us for this valuable conference.
More information and conference registration will be available soon.



Spread the word about the Student Poster Competition!


The poster session provides students with an opportunity to present their scholarship, be recognized for their work, and speak with local professionals around aging issues. Cash prizes are awarded to best presentations with winners announced at the conference. All student presenters receive a complimentary conference registration and one-year MGA membership.


Select Student Poster Competition for more information about poster requirements, deadlines, and how to enter.