Aging, Technology Take Center Stage at 2017 Better Government Awards Gala

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Last night, on an inspiring evening, against the backdrop of the beautiful Sail Boston parade of tall ships, Pioneer Institute held its annual Better Government Awards Gala. Longtime supporters and new friends gathered at the Boston Harbor Hotel to celebrate the country’s most innovative ideas to improve care for the aging, and leverage their skills in new ways.

The audience heard from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who discussed his administration’s initiatives on transportation, healthcare, and his new council to address healthy aging.

Kim Brooks, the Chief Operating Officer of Senior Living at Hebrew Senior Life, accepted the top prize for her Better Government Competition entry, “The Right Care, Right Place, Right Time: Effectively Integrating Senior Care and Housing.” 

And MIT AgeLab’s Joseph Coughlin, nationally renowned author and expert, mesmerized the crowd with his TED-style talk on the future of aging, rattling off some startling statistics about our changing behavior and the new paradigm of living longer.  

Learn more about this year’s winning entries by watching videos below (we showed a sneak preview at last night’s event), and you can also read our compendium of winning entries for an in-depth look at this year’s submissions, or visit our Better Government Competition website to read summaries.

2017 Winner: Hebrew Senior Life

2017 Better Government Competition Runners Up

During his welcoming remarks, Pioneer Executive Director Jim Stergios recognized the 2009 Better Government Competition Winner, SeniorLink, which provides innovative elder care. Watch the clip below on SeniorLink’s impact since winning the award: