Waltham is an emerging age friendly community. This means it is pursuing an age friendly designation.
Making Waltham Age Friendly: Waltham Connections, a collaboration of 12 agency partners led by Healthy Waltham, including the Waltham Council on Aging, Neighbors Who Care, Brandeis University’s Heller School, Brandeis-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI), Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, Springwell, Waltham Family YMCA and others, focuses on community and civic engagement to plan and advocate for changes to programs, services and policies so Waltham is more age-friendly for all residents.
Waltham is age friendly because of the infrastructure, we have Waltham square where one sit and relaxes , the store, markets and restaurants. The walk ways are within easy reach. There is handicap parking all over the city. There a number of churches for the spiritual ones, the senior center is close by.
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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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