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Age-Friendly Massachusetts

Creating communities where we can grow up and grow old together.

What does the term “Age-Friendly” mean?

Age-Friendly describes a movement to make communities more welcoming and livable for older residents and people of all ages. It describes efforts we can take together to create places where people can grow up and grow old together. AARP has identified eight areas for communities throughout the country to focus on improving:

  1. Outdoor Spaces & Buildings

5.  Respect & Social Inclusion

  1. Transportation

6.  Civic Participation & Employment

  1. Housing

7.  Communication & Information

  1. Social Participation

8.  Community & Health Service

Why is it important for Massachusetts to become Age-Friendly?

Our state has always been a leader in providing services and support to older residents. Today, we have more residents over the age of 60 than under the age of 20, and this growing population of older people offers an opportunity to develop new ways to help residents age and thrive in the places where they live, work and volunteer.

Is Age-Friendly just about helping older people?

No, because everyone is aging. When we help an older person continue to live, work, and volunteer in our communities, we all benefit from their energy, experience and contributions. As we grow older, we want to be able to live as independently as we can, in cities and towns where our contributions are respected and valued and our changing needs are supported.

What is Massachusetts doing?

We are doing a lot. Every sector; government, businesses, non-profit, philanthropic, health and educational institutions are involved in Age-Friendly Massachusetts. This includes:

  • The Governor’s Council on Aging in Massachusetts, established by the Baker-Polito Administration to plan and promote healthy aging in Massachusetts. Learn more about the Council.

How do I find out if my city or town is involved in this effort?

To find out if your town is working to become Age-Friendly, view the tracking map on the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative website

How can I get involved?

To find out how you can get involved in the Age-Friendly movement in your own city or town, contact your local Council on Aging, or the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative for more information.

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