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Springfield
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. 

Springfield is an emerging age friendly community. This means it is pursuing an age friendly designation.

The basic premise and purpose of the Council on Aging (COA) is to improve and enhance life quality for elder residents by striving to ensure that all elder residents are afforded the opportunity to live a lifestyle based on independence, and to mature with dignity and security.

To accomplish this, it is the function of the COA to advocate, plan, develop, coordinate and operate various social services for Springfield's elder citizens. It serves as the primary vehicle for providing information and referral services for seniors in the Springfield area. Programs include:

  1. SCSEP Program: Created in 1965, SCSEP is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time jobs for community service organizations.
  2. SHINE Program: The SHINE Program provides free and unbiased health information, counseling, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. 
  3. Computer Learning Club: The Computer Learning Center teaches seniors (age 50 plus) to use computers, the Internet and technology.
 
Contacts

Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
1476 Roosevelt Ave.
Springfield MA 01109
Telephone: 413-787-6785

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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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Springfield is a very large town. There are so many opportunities for all ages. There are many good schools, great colleges. Several adult/elderly community centers. Several programs for teens after school and during summer and vacation weeks. There are Pre-schools and daycare's. There are elderly assisted living centers and home assisted help. There are several jobs for a variety of different levels of education. There are many different communities that offer housing for your budget. And of course now a days there are many ways to get transportation. Bus, Uber, lyft.
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I am not sure what makes this place age friendly.
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I am not a long-time resident of the area, but in my specific neighborhood there seem to be quite a few elderly occupants along with other age groups. I have never felt that I stood out in any way as an older person.
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This somewhat age friendly, a lot of people Here keep to themselves.
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It's very easy for it's resident to get around without having their own transportation,also they're a lot of senior daycare with fun activities.

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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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