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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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Dorchester is somewhat age friendly because there's activities people of all ages can enjoy at the YMCA. Also, I believe the rate of age friendly could use an improvement in my city with more programs so the community can be more involved.
I believe I live in an age friendly neigjborhood ,theres a middle school down our street. I live with another college student and a working professional. There are homes that are for simply for the elderly/disabled. There are restaurants that a great for families as well as friends.
The rent and cost of living is very expensive, even the nursing homes are extremely costly. The transportation is horrible even though they keep raising the overall price of tickets and t-passes. The education is less than decent, you don't learn any life skills like paying taxes or eating healthy; just how to take the derivative of a f(x) equation.
I feel it's very age friendly, because older civilians can still do as they did when they where young. They just may need a lil help now, so what I'm gettin at is they have a lot programs in place to assist them with living, working, enjoying nights out or walks, & going shopping. Just regular things that they're used to doing and still want to do. Older age people still want to live and feel alive.
I feel as if there's a lot of things for all ages to do. People of all ages would be satisfied in this city.
The community and how the town proudly represent minorities.
Community engagement 1. People rather hang outside and do nothing than help the community 2. People rather throw their trash on the floor rather than walk to a trash can
Boston is ideal for people over 50. Transportation is accessible to all cities. It offers museums, parks, entertainment. It's secure and offers many housing .
Boston loves all people, as far as I know

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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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