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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, located in the North Shore region. It is a New England bedrock of history and is considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history. The Salem Council on Aging was founded in October of 1967 to serve the needs of Salem's aging community. It now serves more than 2,000 individuals annually, providing a variety of services, including but not limited to: music programs, special events, exercise classes, sight seeing trips, museum tours, book clubs, in- and out-of-town trips, social services, home-delivered meals and daily hot lunches, and overall support services to ensure that all seniors can maximize the quality of their lives. Other services include:

  1. TRIAD Council: The purpose of the Salem TRIAD Council is to develop and implement policies and programs that will promote crime prevention, reduce criminal victimization of senior citizens, promote safety awareness and serve the special needs of the Senior Community.
  2. Nutrition: Hot, nutritional lunches are available Monday through Friday, 11 a.m., at the Senior Center, with a two-day prior reservation. Home-delivered meals are also offered to homebound elders (confined to their homes by health problems). A donation is suggested to defray the cost of the meals.
  3. Social Services: Our social services department provides a broad array of counseling, support services including information on topics such as Medicare, Social Security, care needs, housing, information and referral and identifying other resources in the community to support seniors.

93 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970 
Phone: 978-745-9595

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The train station is centrally located and is a street away from my apartment, as well as the bus station. It is a very safe area, as there is a police building across the road. In the warmer months, there are beautiful areas to walk through and sit in or the public library and YMCA are also near. The people of Salem are very accepting and generally respectful. The negatives are that I live on the upper floor of a building without an elevator, downtown can get very overrun with people during the summer and in October, and during the winter it is very dangerous to walk around
Salem recently built a brand new Senior Center. It has a variety of activities for the seniors to enjoy!
Everyone minds their business
There are busses to get around and I often see ages people around.
I live in a mixed age friendly bldg. and the community of salem has a lot going on for it elderly senior center salem major has week events for the community if there want to go liberay easy exit to go in and out the ymca has elderly community for there elderly patrons

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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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