First-ever Rhode Island Healthy Aging Data Report released
A standing-room only crowd attended the October 13 launch of the
Rhode Island 2016 Healthy Aging Data Report
at the Rhode Island State House.
After welcoming remarks from Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie, Speaker of the House
and Senator Gayle Goldin highlighted the importance of the initiative and thanked the Foundation for supporting the report.
Principal Investigator Elizabeth Dugan of UMASS Boston's Gerontology Institute shared highlights of the report, noting the gender disparities in the state and the challenges posed by socioeconomic inequities.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Elizabeth Roberts reaffirmed her office's commitment to older Rhode Islanders, saying that "helping older adults age well is smart public policy" and Director Charles Fogarty of the Division of Elderly Affairs said "this data will be critical as we plot the way to where we want to be."
Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee closed out the event by encouraging the crowd to "make Rhode Island a place people really want to live -- regardless of how old they are."