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Arlington is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, six miles (10 km) northwest of Boston. The population was 42,844 at the 2010 census.

The mission of the Council on Aging (COA) is to provide advocacy, support services, and programs to help Arlington elders live dignified and independent lives. The Council’s primary responsibilities are to design, promote, and implement services to address the identified needs of the community’s elder population and to coordinate existing services in the community.

Programs and Services: The council on aging assists seniors with services such as nursing/health services, podiatry, blood pressure screenings, and access to medical equipment.

LINKS Program: The LINKS Program (Linking Neighborhood Kids with Senior citizens) matches students from the Ottoson Middle School with seniors who need help with outside chores such as leaf raking, yard or garage clean-up, weeding, planting, moving trash to the curb, etc.
Arlington is an emerging age friendly community. This means it is pursuing an age friendly designation.

7 Maple St. Senior Center
Arlington, MA 02476;
(781) 316-3400
Fax: (781) 316-3409

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Friendly due to so many children in summer running around. Actually, happy town
Arlington is definitely an age friendly place. There is a senior center that is very popular and gives people my age plenty of activities to do. The public transportation is good, and it makes it easy to go into the city[Boston] and spend time there.

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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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