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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has applied to be a part of AARP’s Age Friendly Community Network, which is part of an international effort of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to promote planning to prepare cities to address the needs of rapidly aging populations.

The application was submitted on September 2, 2021.

Once accepted, the City of Framingham will need to engage residents in identifying the challenges and strengths that Framingham’s seniors and their families face.

The City of Newton joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network in 2016 and the City of Marlborough joined in 2018. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts joined in 2018.

Members of the network commit to adopting specific benchmarks for better housing, transportation and social and educational opportunities for residents to be active participants in their communities.

According to the latest census data, 15.7% of the residents in the City of Framingham are age 65 or older.

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