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Benson named Legislator of the Year for support of elders

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BOSTON — State Rep. Jennifer Benson was named Legislator of the Year for her support of seniors last week during the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA).

Benson was named the Legislator of the Year for her support and efforts for passage of legislation that protects seniors. Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, which addresses how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending, received the Arthur Stavisky Award, an honor MassNAELA bestows each year on an individual who has dedicated themselves to promoting elder causes in the community.

Two special awards were bestowed that were created in 2014 in honor of the leadership and tireless endeavors of two longtime MassNAELA members. The Deborah H. Thomson Advocacy Award, which recognizes a MassNAELA member’s efforts advocating elder issues in state government, was presented to Laura Silber Traiger, Worcester. The John J. Ford Litigation Advocacy Award, which honors a member’s efforts to protect the rights of seniors and the disabled, was bestowed on Patricia Keane Martin, Boston.

Each year, MassNAELA recognizes chapter members for their commitment of time and energy to the chapter. The 2015 Member of the Year award was presented to Geralyn Warren, Medfield, for her work on the chapter’s Program Committee and Public Policy Committee. The President’s Award was bestowed on Steven Mann, Waltham, for his service to and support of the chapter and its president as the chapter treasurer. Timothy R. Loff, Newton, who is retiring from the chapter board of directors, was honored for his 11 years of service as a director. Daniel M. Surprenant, New Bedford, received an award for his service and dedication as the 2015 chapter president.

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Benson named Legislator of the Year for support of elders

State Rep. Jennifer Benson
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BOSTON — State Rep. Jennifer Benson was named Legislator of the Year for her support of seniors last week during the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA).

Benson was named the Legislator of the Year for her support and efforts for passage of legislation that protects seniors. Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, which addresses how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending, received the Arthur Stavisky Award, an honor MassNAELA bestows each year on an individual who has dedicated themselves to promoting elder causes in the community.

Two special awards were bestowed that were created in 2014 in honor of the leadership and tireless endeavors of two longtime MassNAELA members. The Deborah H. Thomson Advocacy Award, which recognizes a MassNAELA member’s efforts advocating elder issues in state government, was presented to Laura Silber Traiger, Worcester. The John J. Ford Litigation Advocacy Award, which honors a member’s efforts to protect the rights of seniors and the disabled, was bestowed on Patricia Keane Martin, Boston.

Each year, MassNAELA recognizes chapter members for their commitment of time and energy to the chapter. The 2015 Member of the Year award was presented to Geralyn Warren, Medfield, for her work on the chapter’s Program Committee and Public Policy Committee. The President’s Award was bestowed on Steven Mann, Waltham, for his service to and support of the chapter and its president as the chapter treasurer. Timothy R. Loff, Newton, who is retiring from the chapter board of directors, was honored for his 11 years of service as a director. Daniel M. Surprenant, New Bedford, received an award for his service and dedication as the 2015 chapter president.

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