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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of age-friendly Cities and Communities

Making Boston Age Friendly: The Age-Friendly Boston project works with the City’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational, and religious institutions, and community groups

“We are dedicated to making Boston the best city in the world for older adults. We keep this goal in mind with every planning effort we embark on, and we share a responsibility to ensure opportunities reach everyone in our City, across all ages and abilities.”

What is the Age Friendly Action Plan?
What does it mean to be an age-friendly city? It means a city that adapts its structures and services to be accessible and inclusive to residents of all ages and abilities. The Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan is our City’s blueprint to make Boston the best city to live and age in. The plan details 75 concrete action items the City will take to become even more age friendly.

Intersecting Initiatives
The Age-Friendly Action Plan is part of comprehensive planning efforts on the part of the City and will be integrated into the other processes. These plans are re-enforcing and reflecting each other where there is synergy.

Our Philosophy and Process
The age-friendly process has been a grassroots effort and a bottom-up approach. Our action items came directly out of the diverse voices from Boston’s neighborhoods, ages 50 and over. Since this is a three-year Action Plan, we have included action items that we are confident can be completed within this time with interdepartmental support and community partners. We will continue to refine and build on other ideas generated through this process.

ContactsEmily Shea, Commissioner on Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 20108
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JP is very age friendly--great bus lines, inexpensive housing and great community support!

East Boston, otherwise known as Eastie, is located across the water from Boston’s financial district and historic North End. The area has been a destination for immigrants for a long time, which has resulted in a community with high amounts of diversity, with about fifty percent of the population being foreign born. The area has recently seen its share of gentrification, with many young professionals choosing to live there with an easy commute to downtown Boston.


Many residents are concerned with rising rents and a lack of affordable housing. Another cause for concern from residents is crime and alleged gang-related violence in the area. Is the neighborhood age friendly? There are certainly adequate provisions to allow one to have access to the things they need to age comfortably. A convenient public transportation system is vital for senior citizens in the area since the traffic in the area is heavy and the driving is difficult. Right in the center of East Boston sits Maverick Square, which has a MBTA Blue line stop, allowing for easy access to all areas of downtown Boston. In the same square sits a bus stop, which residents say makes going to nearby towns for shopping and leisure very easy.


Logan airport is located right next to East Boston which makes it an easy commute for those looking to get away. East Boston provides easy access to healthcare for senior citizens. There is a Neighborhood Health Center in East Boston which provides the elderly with a great foundation of care, including meals on wheels, transportation to appointments, and hospital quality care. A unique part of East Boston healthcare is the PACE (Program For All Inclusive Care of the Elderly) program offered by the Neighborhood Health Center. East Boston is one of the few Boston neighborhoods that offers this program, and it is nationally recognized as one of the best healthcare plans available for the elderly or disabled.

There are a lot of opportunities for everyone and anyone. Whether it's for school, work, to be involved with the community. Everyone is welcomed.
While Boston is hard to get around at any age, a wide range of options for transportation and escort services for the elderly and persons with disabilities in greater Boston are available. See this helpful guide from @FriendshipWorks:
Boston has a lot of affordable senior apartments, reduced fares for seniors on all public transportation. It also has good medical facilities and affordable health insurance plans for seniors. There are also senior centers for recreational activities and learning.
everybody respect for each other.
I see people from different age groups working or living together
I love helping other since I was a kid
I haven't experienced or seen any sort of age discrimination.

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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.

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