To do so, you’re cordially invited to attend an upcoming Age-Friendly Boston Listening Session — and complete the city's new online survey (details below).
Please refer back to this space often, since we’ll be updating this article with new Listening Session dates and locations and dates as they are scheduled.
Age-Friendly Boston is an initiative of the Mayor Martin J. Walsh administration, in partnership with AARP and UMass Boston Gerontology Institute.
Survey Says ... Complete the Age-Friendly Boston Initiative Survey!
At AARP, we’re encouraging Boston residents to have their voices heard at these Listening Sessions. In addition, an online survey of Boston residents age 50+ is being conducted by the University of Massachusetts Boston on behalf of the Age-Friendly Boston Initiative. Please complete this simple online survey and share your opinions and concerns. For assistance or to request a survey in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean, Russian or Chinese, please call 617-287-7361 or email email@example.com.
At each Listening Session, AARP, the Mayor’s office, and the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute want to hear suggestions and ideas from city residents about factors that contribute to an environment in which older adults can continue to lead healthy, productive, and happy lives. Additionally, what factors make one city better to live in than another? And what factors of Boston life need improvement, modification, or perhaps even removal?
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.”
— Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
The Listening Sessions also provide information about how you can get involved in the Age-Friendly Boston project. Creating a more age-friendly Boston challenges the city’s businesses, cultural, educational, and religious institutions, community groups, and municipal agencies, in terms of becoming involved and making changes to increase the quality of life for residents 50+.
According to the Mayor’s office, key areas for consideration include outdoor spaces, buildings, housing, and transportation; health services; community support; and the effectiveness of communications from the Mayor’s office. The office also wants to identify opportunities for volunteering and employment throughout the city’s civic, social, and cultural arenas.
Read more about Mayor Walsh’s commitment to the project at the city’s Age-Friendly Boston blog, and read the Mayor’s own words in this interview in The Journal 2015, published by AARP International.
Meanwhile, don’t hesitate at this opportunity to define the age-friendly ways you’d like to see Boston change and grow; call or email today and RSVP for the upcoming Listening Session (and check this space often for updates as new Listening Session dates and locations are added).
Fenway Listening Session
DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Morville House Community Room, 100 Norway St., Boston, MA 021152119
RSVP: Call or email Andrea Burns in the Mayor’s office, at 617-635-4877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.aarp.org/livable to learn more about the AARP and World Health Organization Age-Friendly network, of which Boston is a member, and to see all the resources available to communities across the country.