All Things Age Friendly with AARP Massachusetts

Posted on 01/18/23 by Adrian Ramos

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For the past 5 years, Massachusetts has been designated as Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly. Watch the video below and learn more about what these past 5 years have meant and what it means going forward.

5 Year Anniversary_ Massachusetts Designated Age & Dementia Friendly.mp4

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Launched in April 2012, the network operates as an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program.

AARP Massachusetts collaborates with a number of organizations and leaders statewide to offer greater choices in housing, transportation, public spaces, and opportunities to engage. In doing so, we work to create communities that work better for people of all ages and abilities. In collaboration with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Massachusetts became the second state to enroll in the network, creating an action plan built on the foundation work laid by municipalities, philanthropic, and community-based organizations. Follow the link here to see a list of communities in Massachusetts striving to make their communities great places for people of all ages.

The Age Friendly movement has been growing, you may noticed a recent article in the AARP Bulletin.

If you're interested in joining up and getting your community on board, email us at


The Domains of Livability


Housing needs change as we age, but it’s possible for our homes and communities to be livable for people of all ages and life stages. Below are some helpful resources to help with addressing housing.Policy:

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Reliable, safe and affordable public transportation options ensure that people can get to work, school and the other places they need to be. Well-designed signage and traveler information help people find the places where they want to go. Safe pedestrian and cycling infrastructure encourages people to walk, bike or roll to destinations.Policy:

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Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Public parks are important places for building a sense of community and social belonging. They are spaces that belong to everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or income.However, the way parks are designed, maintained and programmed doesn’t always reflect the purpose and promise of such uniquely public spaces.
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This story is provided by AARP Massachusetts. Visit the AARP Massachusetts page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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