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Boston
Boston
Massachusetts
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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
617-635-4366
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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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My town is very people oriented, they take care of their own and even if they are not their they still come together to help, when things go on in this town everyone comes together, it is right on the MBTA and is filled with a ton of mom and pops shops as well as some known stores like Whole Foods, Ace Hardware and the 99 resturant. We have a diverse mixture of low income to high income families that live here. We even have an assisted living place for the elderly it's called Zelma Lacey house and they are always offer ways for the community to get involved.

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Well there are lots of elderly in this neighborhood that definitely need assistance that I run errands on any occasion. I rely on public transportation and it's excellent.

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The sidewalks are narrow and often not shoveled in winter. Otherwise it's a good neighborhood for walking with little car traffic. And the neighbors help each.

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Senior center and their activities, meals on wheels, senior housing, council on aging Transportation available, and senior newsletters are mailed to homes

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we have many different ages and cultures where I reside. It is a condominium complex that has no specific rules on who can live there so we have a very diverse community.

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Very culturally diverse , different ethnicities and it's a city that sponsors educational in the academic world and comunity. It's a community that strives to supports development and education.

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There should be things to keep you busy & safe also. It seems as though Templeton fits this well. There is a library,playground,tennis court, We also have a few fishing spots in town.

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Friendly because it offers convenient and direct public transport, closeness to hospitals, a supermarket and a pharmacy within walking distance also reachable by bus or train

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I live in a elderly and disabled public (state) housing community. Of course, this neighborhood is age-friendly because that is the main purpose of this community.

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I think it friendly and safe you have people who are friendly good stories and near the trains bus knowing your town and friendly area good place for kid and adult

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Taxes

C

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.

Learn more about taxes in Massachusetts

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