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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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Transportation, caring,kind
The people are friendly.
I would say it has everything to do with transportation. There are many transportation resources when it comes to traveling all around Boston. It is easier to get where you need to go because without cars, there are buses, trains, uber, cabs, and more.
There are mostly schools and lots of children in the area. There is normally construction going on or loud stereos. What makes it age friendly, there are lots of places to shop and sit down to enjoy food. Also some of the most beautiful parks and beaches.
The area is full of a mix of people and all ages
Jobs and services are readily available with no discrimination. City hall is always open with suggestions on how to integrate fully in the community.
It's very age friendly I see seasoned adult walking around walking their grandkids to the store having cookouts family gathering it's a very happy place
It's easy to get around
Community strong, clean, friendly to all ages.

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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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