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Belmont, Massachusetts, senior needs, age-friendly communities


Gerontology | Public Administration | Public Policy


Belmont is a primarily residential community of around 25,000 residents with a small commercial district. Public transit access to downtown Boston and neighboring Cambridge offers Belmont residents access to services, employment, and recreational activities outside of the town’s boundaries. With 22% of its population age 60 and older, Belmont is expecting to see an increase in the number of older residents in the coming years. Commissioned by the Belmont Council on Aging (COA), this report will serve to help the COA and Town to better understand Belmont’s current assets, potentials, and challenges and to plan for changing community needs.


Commissioned by the Town of Belmont Council On Aging.

Jan Mutchler, PhD, is primarily responsible for the contents of this report. Others contributing to the project include Caitlin Coyle, Sue Berger, Brittany Gaines, Rebecca Mailman, Ceara Somerville, and Nidya Velasco. Sections of this report were drawn from an earlier document prepared by the authors for the Belmont COA (Mutchler & Somerville, 2016). We offer our appreciation to Nava Niv-Vogel, Director of the Belmont Council on Aging, for her leadership and guidance. As well, we are grateful to the Belmont residents and representatives who shared their thoughts as part of the data collection.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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