There is no stronger ally to the local senior community than Denise, and she makes sure to visit the local senior centers on a regular basis, where she hears peoples' concerns, and works to collaborately address and resolve. Denise works to ensure that all senior centers are fully funded, and actively advocates for safe senior housing and access to public transportation. She strives to improve the quality of services seniors receive from city departments, and her advocacy has improved the lives of Cambridge seniors in the process.
Over the past several years, Denise has been a driving force in holding periodic Senior Town Meetings, with partners including the Cambridge Council on Aging and the Citywide Senior Center. The meetings have included workshops (which focused upon health, wellness, fitness, and technology), and lunch, and an on-the-spot report back to City officials.
During her time as Mayor, Denise established the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee, comprised of local seniors from across the city. These monthly gatherings gave Denise the chance to hear directly from the seniors on any and all concerns of the moment. The members of the Advisory Committee acted as her eyes and ears within the senior community, and this proved to be a great asset in learning what issues were affecting the local seniors in real time.