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Age-friendly Boston

We aim to create a Boston where older adults continue to lead healthy, enriched, and productive lives.

Age-Friendly Boston partners with the City’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational, religious institutions, and community groups. Together, we're updating policy and practices to include healthy aging and enhance the quality of life for our older residents.

Our dementia-friendly work (part of Age-Friendly work) considers needs of older residents and care partners with memory loss. 

Age-Friendly Boston

Age-friendly walks

We have a map of outdoor walking locations for older adults in the City of Boston.

Age-friendly benches

Our program aims to improve public spaces and address the lack of benches in Boston.

Age-friendly businesses

Learn about age-friendly and dementia-friendly businesses, and how to certify your company.

Job resources for seniors

Get connected to job and re-training programs in the City of Boston.

Public restrooms in the City of Boston

We created an interactive map and a list of public restrooms by neighborhood.

Intergenerational Homeshare Pilot

We’re offering affordable housing to graduate students while helping local homeowners and communities.

Additional Dwelling Units

The Additional Dwelling Unit Program allows owner occupants in the City of Boston to carve out a new space within their homes. They can create smaller, independent units, known as Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs) once the design has been approved.

Food Access maps

Find healthy and affordable food in the City of Boston.

Anti-Ageism Conversations

The Age Strong Public Awareness campaign sparks dialogue on ageism. Our goal is to help older adults be seen for their rich, dynamic experiences and contributions.

Senior Civic Academy

Curriculum includes aging policy, advocacy training and meetings with local, state, and federal administrators and elected officials.

Loneliness Task Force

A statewide coalition of organizations and community members dedicated to fostering connection.

Economic Security

Fact sheets and other tool kits for providing information and enrollment assistance into myriad financial assistance programs – at the local and state levels.

Action Plan at a glance

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.

Domains and Topics of Interest

The Action Plan touches on topics of significant impact, such as dementia, economic insecurity, and social isolation. Action items fall under the eight key domains listed above.

Now is the Time

The Age-Friendly Action Plan challenges all of us — public agencies, private sectors, cultural institutions — to think differently about aging. We believe Boston is and will continue to be a city for all ages.

By the Numbers:
  • Five-year process to become Age-Friendly
  • 30 listening sessions in four languages
  • 23 neighborhoods engaged across the City
  • 70 organizations participated
  • 3,700 survey responses in six languages
  • 4,000+ voices of older adults represented
  • 75 action items developed
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