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Pittsfield is the largest city and the county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. The Pittsfield Council on Aging is an agency dedicated to the interests and needs of seniors 55 years and older.  Through many programs and services offered at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center and other facilities, the Council actively seeks to enrich and maintain quality of life of each senior in the community. Programs and Services include:

  1. Are You Ok Program: This program is in conjunction with the Pittsfield Police Department and the Senior Center.  It provides a daily check-in telephone call to people who may live alone, be at risk of falling, have no local family, or for anyone who just wants to feel safer.
  2. Breakfast Club: The Breakfast Club is held on the second Thursday of every month, except for the summer months of July and August, at 8:00 AM.
  3. Brown Bag Program: Brown Bag provides groceries once a month to supplement the food budgets of low-income people who are 55 years of age and older. 
  4. Computer Courses: The classes are one-hour surfing sessions held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at hourly increments from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   The instruction includes the basics of computer usage and computer software used most often - Word Processing (letters) and Spreadsheets (budgets).

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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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