WalkBoston

Contact person: LeighAnne Taylor
City/Town: Boston
Phone: 617-367-9255
Email: ltaylor@walkboston.org
Website: https://walkboston.org/
Regions: Berkshire, Boston Metro, Cape & Islands, Central, Metro West, Northeast, Pioneer Valley, and Southeast

Commitment to advancing healthy aging:

Age-friendly walking: With financial support from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation (THPF) and the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA), we are working from 2019-2021 to implement local policy and built environment changes that advance safe, comfortable and accessible walking for seniors (and by extension everyone) in at least five Massachusetts communities, with a focus on high-need Gateway Cities and rural areas. We are also collaborating with the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (where we serve on the Executive Committee) and other leaders across the state to promote walking and walkability as core elements of the Age- and Dementia-Friendly Communities movement. We have already embedded a recommendation to improve access to bus stops in the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts Blueprint and we look forward to continued progress on statewide policy issues.