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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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I feel it's neutral due to there being a balance between young and older persons in the community. Also a lot of people know each other based on people living in the community for years.
I think it needs more community engagement for elderly and more advertisement of event for elderly and disable people.
It easily commutable based on local Bus stops and train stations within short distances The community itself is very open to people of all ages and is comfortable with positively engaging with one another and building bonds and relationships
Age friendliness- medical facilities, public transportation, cultural and educational resources (museums, community colleges, lectures, concerts, etc), racial and cultural diversities. Unfriendliness- living costs, low temperature in winter.
Everything makes this place age friendly.
This community is very age-friendly because it is very quiet and respectful. The younger aged are very respectful towards the elderly.
I really never thought about it. I have older neighbors that have lived in the neighborhood for years. We all get along just fine. A couple of my senior neighbors worked at one time but have been retired. It would be nice to see older people that are more active; I enjoy power walks but often walk alone.
I am allowed to use transportation well a lot of stores are near me I have wonderful schools near me and also colleges that you can go walking to and that my neighborhood is peaceful.
I say the place is friendly because the place Provides a place to stay everyone cares for the people that works there.
Elderly always get a seat when on the bus help with groceries people are happy to help with with directions and crossing the street

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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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