‘Joy Walks’ Walking Clubs for Older Adults Launched in all Boston Neighborhoods

Aug 11, 2021

Older adults are invited to join neighborhood Joy Walks walking clubs and participate in the Joy Walks Challenge taking place September through October.

Joy Walks will be organized by neighborhood organizations, including Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) and through Age Strong Commission partnerships with senior residential communities, senior and community centers, and nonprofit organizations serving many Boston immigrant communities.

The Joy Walks Challenge will award prizes to participants in categories including most miles walked by a group, most miles walked by a duo (a walker pushing a non-ambulatory participant), and most number of walks by a group. Joy Walks participants will enjoy complimentary pedometers, water bottles, and t-shirts. Older adults and Joy Walks clubs are invited to walk at designated Age Friendly walking paths, over 20 walking paths in Boston that are smooth-surfaced, stair-free, with parking close by. View age-friendly walking paths.

Residents and existing walking clubs may sign up by Wednesday, August 25, in person at Boston Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations, or by reaching Renee Frechette at the Age Strong Commission at 617.635.4168 or

Announced in Maythe Joy Agenda encourages residents of the City of Boston to find a collective space to promote joy and encourage the processing of shared grief. The mission is to create an environment where residents can reflect on what joy means to Boston, especially as the City recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.