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Older Bostonians call loved ones in 21st annual Holiday Phone Call event

December 1, 2017

Elderly Commission

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Elderly Commission

The holiday celebration attracted hundreds of seniors who made phone calls to places around the world.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and AT&T today invited older adults to Boston City Hall to call loved ones anywhere in the world, free of charge. Now in its 21st year, the holiday celebration attracted hundreds of seniors who made phone calls to Finland, China, Cabo Verde, Haiti, Russia, Sierra Leone, among other places around the world.

Dorchester resident Barbara Culbreath
"Today, I am calling Freising, Germany," said Dorchester resident Barbara Culbreath (right), 84. "I have relatives there. I no longer can make international calls at home, so this is an opportunity to speak with them."

"Being able to hear your loved ones' voice is priceless," said Mayor Walsh. "Having family in Ireland, I know that it is hard to be away from family, especially during this time of the year. We are proud to help older adults in Boston stay close to loved ones all over the world." 

Lame Prifti, 84, of the Back Bay, made his call today to Albania. "I am happy to call my friends and family," Prifti said."I come every year."

Lame Prifti, 84, made his call to Albania
"I am happy to call my friends and family," said Lame Prifti, 84, who made his call to Albania. "I come to this event every year."

South Boston resident Ann Japp, 82, moved to Boston in 1961. "I'm calling my sister and her family back in Scotland," Japp said. "I know she likes to get my call."

"We're happy to once again help Boston seniors stay connected with their friends and families living overseas this holiday season," said Patricia Jacobs, president, AT&T New England. "We hope this event provides a little bit of joy for Bostonians as we kick off this holiday season."
The event featured breakfast and lunch, access to representatives about cell phone questions, half hour phone calls to loved ones, and a "Winter Wishes" arts & crafts project.

The Commission on Affairs of the Elderly facilitates full and equal participation in all aspects of life by older adults in Boston. The commission is dedicated to improving the lives of Boston's older adults by connecting them with resources and information, and it is focused on setting the City's direction for successful aging in Boston. Read the newly launched Age-Friendly Action Plan at, and visit for more information.


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