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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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I would say it is not age friendly as there aren't enough accessible housing for mature adults, transportation to city square, there isn't an accessible shopping stores or other activities

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Near public transportation Apartment housing available Senior center closeby Can walk to pharmacy Library is closeby Lovely park around the corner Senior transportation available

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close to train and shop and an adult senior center. has many activities and a town health department good for seniors health concerns. It also has a responsive fire and police department

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age friendly, all ages live here, many homes lived in by empty nesters that have just stayed put but we welcome all ages. we enjoy having children around

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There is a adult community center for senior citizens to have day time activities. Computer learning. Exercise learning. Affordable lunch meals. Weekly grocery shopping.

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My neighborhood is very age friendly we have families and retired people living their new families move in with childrenAnd families with children move out and parents are retired living here

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Many older people live in my neighborhood. It is an Italian neighborhood and there have been generations of families raised in the same building. Also there is a large young, urban, professional group of people but this neighborhood is friendly to older people.

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Both young and older people, nice mix, have lived here for over 40 years and love it.

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The public transportation is very good at meeting the needs of the older community, as well as a younger work force. There is a hospital nearby as well as a number of doctors. There are a number of community centers, as well as a very active Council on Aging.

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It's just a suburban neighborhood. Anyone can live here (if they can afford to). I think there's some elderly housing on a side street around the corner from me.

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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.

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