Sean has demonstrated leadership on behalf of our increasing population of senior citizens. In 2016, while working at the State House, he helped to increase the state's funding for senior services like Meals on Wheels (for those who are housebound) and other senior services. He wrote an amendment to the state budget that would increase the per-senior annual funding for cities and towns. Faced with the procedural requirement to gain a majority of the Representatives to sign on to support the amendment before it was introduced, he acquired support from an even more substantial majority (130) who supported providing millions more dollars in support to town senior centers and their programs.
In 2018, in response to a constituent services problem, he learned that families faced with an Early Alzheimer's diagnosis cannot get state-level financial help unless they are single; a constituent would have had to divorce his affected wife in order to deal with the caregiving crisis. In response, Sean wrote a bill to exempt early Alzheimer's patients from that policy requirement. As he was building consensus for its passage, he collaborated with the Alzheimer's Association in creating legislation to also increase funding for treatment resources. Together they built what became an omnibus Alzheimer's bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature and was signed into law in August.
Sean will work on behalf of senior citizens to explore funding resources for community senior centers and their associated programs to help further their quality of life, health, and social interactions and to help elders to remain in their homes as they age.