“A Conversation With Massachusetts AARP Director Michael Festa”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” looks at issues facing seniors in Massachusetts in a conversation with Michael Festa, a former legislator, former Secretary of Elder Affairs, and now state director of the AARP, American Association of Retired Persons. The forum will be held on Thursday, November 12th, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

AARP is a membership organization for people 50 and over. It is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States, at both the state and national level. The organization is non-partisan and does not support, oppose or give money to any candidates or political parties. In addition to its advocacy for seniors, it provides extensive consumer information, volunteer opportunities, and focus to causes like the drive to reduce hunger among seniors.

Michael Festa has been the State Director for AARP Massachusetts since January, 2013. Festa leads the development and delivery of AARP’s community programs, advocacy and information for its more than 800,000 members age 50 and older in the Commonwealth.  Mr. Festa served in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration as the Secretary of Elder Affairs from 2007-2009, and previously in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1999-2007.  Most recently, he was President and CEO of the Carroll Center for the Blind.

What are the issues facing seniors in Massachusetts?  What are AARP’s priorities? How is AARP evolving to serve a growing elder population in the Commonwealth?  Find out the answers to these questions, or bring your own. Don’t miss this forum November 12th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at 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.