“A Conversation with Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” looks at all things senior in “A Conversation with Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs Alice Bonner”. The forum, the seventh of the 22nd season, will be held Thursday March 16th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Alice Bonner, a Northeastern University associate professor, was appointed Secretary of Elder Affairs in April 2015 by Health & Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders. She previously directed the nursing home division for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. Before joining the Obama administration in January 2011, Ms. Bonner, a registered nurse, directed the Massachusetts Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, which oversees nursing homes. During that time, she championed a push to lower the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, particularly for seniors with dementia who are vulnerable to dangerous side effects from the medication.

The Office of Elder Affairs connects seniors and families with a whole range of services in communities throughout Massachusetts – everything from senior centers to councils on aging, nutrition programs such as Meals on Wheels, exercise, health coaching, and elder job training.

What challenges do seniors face as they age and continue to live longer? How can the Office of Elder Affairs help seniors meet those challenges? What’s the cost in utilizing the many programs offered to seniors? Are these programs available to everyone? How can the office help seniors with insurance and prescription coverage? Don’t miss this forum March 16th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance by email, jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.  


In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.