Chelmsford, Massachusetts Print
Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
Lead Agency: Chelmsford Senior Center
Chelmsford developed its action plan through an age-friendly core team, focusing on strengthening the community as a great place for older adults to live. Chelmsford is committed to promoting policies that foster healthy aging under two key goals: establishing and safeguarding features that accommodate changing health needs, and strengthening opportunities to contribute and participate with fellow residents. Age-friendly leaders are dedicated to the process of identifying and pursuing the necessary steps to promote successful aging and to improve the quality of life for all ages, and for re-evaluating the town's services, systems, and environmental features to ensure that they align with the needs and accommodations required by an older population.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingDevelop additional housing options for older adutls by creating a comprehensive plan to address housing shortages, executing a land inventory to indentify parcels that are appropriate for new older adult housing development, and advocating for zoning bylaws that support the development of additional housing options.
TransportationEstablish a volunteer transportation program that provides rides for older adults and residents with disabilities.
Outdoor SpacesCreate a more welcoming downtown environment for older adults by ensuring that signage to local amenities is visible, and appropriate outdoor lighting, seating, railings, and shelter exist.