Commission on Affairs of the Elderly

The mission of the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's senior citizens through planning, coordinating, and monitoring the delivery of services to the elderly in an efficient and effective manner

The Elderly Commission, as Boston's Area Agency on Aging and Council on Aging, promotes the active involvement of seniors in the life and health of their neighborhoods. The Elderly Commission is also a partner agency in the Suffolk County Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC). The goal of the ADRC is to enhance collaborations between elder and disability service organizations, ensuring there is no wrong door when an elder or person with a disability is looking for assistance and services.

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    Civic Academy - Age Friendly Boston

    Age-Friendly Boston asks the city’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions, community groups and individuals to consider how changes to policy and practice can create a city more inclusive of older adults and more sensitive to their needs. Please contact Andrea H. Burns @ 617-635-4877 or

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    The Memoir Project 2015 Neighborhood Readings

    In 2015, we're celebrating storytelling with Grub Street, Inc. Before the publication of the fifth and final collection of memoirs by Boston's senior citizens, we're presenting a reading series in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Dorchester.

    Lean more about the Memoir Project Reading Series.

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    Apply for our Senior Citizen Property Tax Work Off Program!

    The Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program offers qualified senior homeowners the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 per fiscal year off their property tax bill - the equivalent of 112 work hours - for volunteer work performed in a government office for the City of Boston. Available positions consist primarily of office support at Boston City Hall, Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and other municipal offices in Boston.

    For more information call Gregory Josselyn at 617-635-4250 or download the application and submit.

    Deadline is July 1, 2015

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    Get Started Now!

    There are benefits you may be missing! BenefitsCheckUp helps you find and enroll in public and private benefits programs. You can also find an online application for Medicare's Extra Help. It's simple and free and always includes the most up-to-date information.

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    Learn More about the Mayor's Alzheimer's Initiative

    Check out the city's plan to support people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, to connect people with information and resources, and the plan to support and improve current infrastructure.  

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    Aging in Boston

    A comprehensive report produced by the Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly in collaboration with the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at the Gerontology Institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston examining the demographic profile of the over 60 population in Boston. The report includes information related to the welfare of older adults in Boston: age, gender, race, education, and income; housing situation; mobility; and health and disabilities.

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Reports and Publications

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  • See a listing of upcoming Elderly events.

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