“The Age-Friendly philosophy is closely aligned with my vision for Boston. The guiding principle focuses on designing livable communities that promote good health, strong civic participation, and clear communication. That means safe, walkable streets; offering better housing and transportation options; improving access to key services; and providing opportunities to be socially engaged. It means sustaining economic growth and enabling happier, healthier residents.
In other words, an Age-Friendly city is a thriving and inclusive city for all.”
– Mayor Martin J. Walsh
What factors make a city better than another to live in?
What contributes to an environment in which older adults can continue to lead healthy, productive and happy lives?
The Age-Friendly Boston project challenges the city’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions and community groups to tackle these questions and consider how changes to policy and practice can enhance the quality of life for our residents.
You are essential partners in creating this city wide change. With your help, we will look closely at outdoor spaces, buildings, housing, and transportation. We will assess the quality and availability of health services and community support and the effectiveness of our communication and information sharing. We want to know how to include you more fully in the civic, social and cultural life of the city and create more opportunities for volunteering and employment.
With information we learn from you, we will identify key priorities and draft an action plan. We will develop partnerships and work together to make sure our older residents can continue to enjoy their lives in their communities and contribute to a vibrant, dynamic city.
World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities Checklist: Age friendly cities checklist
Download your community profiles from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Report: http://mahealthyagingcollaborative.org/data-report/explore-the-profiles/
Read the research document that inspired Mayor Walsh to join the World Health Organization’s network of age-friendly cities: UMass Gerontology Institute Aging in Boston report
Appendix to the Aging in Boston report: Appendix to Aging in Boston report
Mayor Walsh’s article about Age-Friendly Boston in AARP: http://journal.aarpinternational.org/a/b/2015/01/age-friendly-boston