Upham’s Corner PACE Holds Town Hall Meeting

September 25, 2018

BOSTON, MA – Upham’s Corner PACE recently welcomed Mayor Martin Walsh, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), and Emily Shea, commissioner of Elder Affairs, for a town hall meeting to discuss issues affecting older adults living in Boston.

The visitors received a warm welcome from more than 75 participants and staff. PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides a wide range of medical, social and wellness services that allow participants to live safely in their homes, remain in their community, and avoid nursing home placement.

The speakers covered a variety of topics, including costs associated with remaining in their homes, the gentrification of neighborhoods, health care and immigration.

Mayor Walsh reiterated his commitment to Boston being a sanctuary city and reassured those in attendance they would be protected, as would their family members. He discussed the opportunities available for homeowners to obtain property tax credits, the information hotline Boston 311, the importance of voting, and options for those who face obstacles getting to and from polling sites.

Rep. Capuano spoke in support of the mayor’s comments and affordable health care and addressed the decreasing role of the federal government in funding new housing projects. He urged participants and staff to vote for candidates who support funding for housing, especially senior housing, in the upcoming election.

Shea discussed housing initiatives and the resources provided by her office to older Boston residents. After a question-and-answer session, the speakers socialized with the participants and staff.

Upham’s Corner PACE is a program of Upham’s Elder Service Plan, which operates PACE Centers in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, MA.

On hand for the town hall at Upham’s Corner were (from left) CEO Jay Trivedi, board president Margaret
Leahy Wirth and Mayor Martin Walsh.
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