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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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Love Boston - for my older adult relatives, and people of any age!


Everything is easily available and great for you walking.






The part of Allston that I live in is a little quieter and feels like a more balanced mix of people - not dominated by students and very family oriented. My street is tucked between 2 parks and is less than 5 minutes from the library. Bus stops and grocery stores are all close by and easy to access. I've noticed just from walking around so much there are often events to attend that are open to the public, many of them outside and/or visible!


I know the west Roxbury YMCA has a number of classes for older folks that is a lot of fun . The Roche Center offers a number group activities as well. I know the local police station E-5 community service office helps with transportation and arranges group outings, it's lovely area of Boston that offers a great environment for older people .


The neighborhood is mostly quiet. There buses on almost every street corner. Great schools for the kids.


I don't feel any sort of discrimination due to my age. I have not witnessed any age discrimination toward others.


It's all different ages races cultures 2 schools near bye


Everything is age-friendly about Boston except the weather in Jan and Feb!

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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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