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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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Great town!!


Care, education, transportation and community engagement


Nice area.


People are friendly and welcoming.


I love working and helping over people


I live in the city of Roxbury and it has a lot of opportunities for elderly people to get involved in community engagement activities hosted by Boston strong AARP. Easy access to resources for traveling to different places in the city.


My answer is probably because Boston is very cold at times. Boston is great for elderly because there's public transportation, easy signs to help navigate if someone get lost. The community always has programs for the elderly to engage with if they need something to do because a lot of times their family does not have time to visit them, so the community makes them feel at home or less lonely.


I love my neighborhood very quiet and friendly people


Because I think working with people is a great and blessing getting experience it will be a right way to recommend other people


Where I live is very quiet and have access to banks grocery store school and post office and much more

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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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