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 (Bridgewater Council on Aging)
Treasurer: Lisa Gurgone (Mass Home Care)
Secretary and Communications Liaison: Joann Montepare (Lasell University)


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)
Patty Sullivan (MA Councils on Aging)
Katherine King (William James College)