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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've lived here for 32 years. People are very helpful to older residents like me!

I have a gratitude patient compassion
There are many reasons as to why my community is aged friendly and meets the needs of all ages. Those reasons include Nursing homes, and Rehab facilities to help families. Nutritious meals being delivered to individuals who may be elderly or disabled. Another being a variety of libraries, schools, recreational centers, volunteer programs for individuals to learn, gain experience and develop skills they'll use in their everyday lives. Last but not least there are many daycares, shelters, low-income housing, and head-start programs for families who need assistance and etc.
Because it is called the retirement state.also is a state that has the top medical colleges and schools
I live in such a tight knit community that everyone knows everyone and it's safe. We all help one another down here.
The city of Boston is very forward-thinking and very invested in its senior population
What makes this place age friendly is being able to give care to elders who can't do things on their own or help themselves. I have previously worked in a caregiving facility and the ability to help others is something that I love to do.
My community is age friendly and more, the reason I say this is because of the convenience my neighborhood offers. There are many hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, and also two local grocery store. Beacon hill offers access to all of the train lines which means commuting is easier. Not to mention all the wonderful restaurants to dine in. Overall I would be lucky to retire in such a great neighborhood.

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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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