6:08 Senior citizens increasingly want to “age in place,’’ which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.’’ Experts in aging say “The Village Movement,’’ a grassroots program started in Beacon Hill that supports aging in place could be one of the best solutions for many of the age-related challenges the city faces.
As part of Boston’s “Age-Friendly Initiative,’’ Mayor Marty J. Walsh and the Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly addressed some concerns surrounding Boston’s aging community at Faneuil Hall on February 28, touching on transportation, affordable housing, and social engagement, among other topics.
The economic think tank Milken Institute recently ranked Boston as fourth best large city for successful aging, but both the Walsh administration and residents agreed there’s room for improvement.