Salem, Massachusetts Print
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Lead Agency: Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services
Action Plan Download
Salem developed its action plan by focusing on supportive community and health services for all residents. The plan is also focused on civic engagement and participation, employment and volunteer opportunities, respect and social inclusion, providing housing in a range of affordability options, vibrant outdoor spaces and public places, and effective, sensible transportation options.
Action Plan Highlights
Communication and InformationCreate a comprehensive website and resource guide that is automatically distributed to residents when they are 65-years-old.
TransportationPlan and implement a city shuttle system by conducting a feasibility study, determining routes, contracting with a private company and initiating a pilot.
HousingSupport policies to create additional affordable housing for residents who wish to remain in the community as they grow older.
Progress Report Download
Salem's age-friendly progress report highlights age-friendly gains in transportation, housing, and communication. The community hosted a transportation fair, featuring transportation agencies and businesses from all over the North Shore region, stretching all the way to Boston. Salem also compiled a list of, and negotiated with, licensed contractors who will offer age-friendly discounts and special services geared towards home retrofits and basic maintenance tasks, which is posted on the Salem for All Ages website. The website, which focuses on transportation, living well, aging in place, volunteerism, and events and activities, has the most current electronic version of the community age-friendly resource guide, and is maintained by a designated staff member. The Salem News is also featuring a recurring monthly column on age-friendly topics.