Seniors & Accessibility - Denise Simmons

Seniors & Accessibility

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 collaboratively address and resolve those concerns. 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 the thousands of seniors living in Cambridge.

Over the past several years, Denise has been a driving force in holding periodic Senior Town Meetings, with pa3.jpgrtners 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. In September 2016, she launched the first Senior Service Providers Fair at the Cambridge Senior Center, bringing in various agencies and organizations that cater to senior citizens under one roof and providing important information to seniors about the services they may be eligible for and interested in.

During her two terms as Mayor, Denise has established the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee, comprised of local seniors from across the city. These monthly gatherings give Denise the chance to hear directly from the seniors on any and all concerns of the moment. The members of the Advisory Committee have acted as her eyes and ears within the senior community, and this proved to be a great asset in learning what issues are affecting the local seniors in real time.