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Massachusetts Aging Statistics & Resource Guide

By Sixty and Me September 21, 2020 Aging

The Massachusetts Aging Statistics & Resource Guide contains key information, links and statistics for senior citizens in Massachusetts. With an aging population and the average cost of care averaging between $27.20 an hour for home care to $13,212 a month for skilled nursing care, Massachusetts is typically more expensive than the national average.  This guide also contains helpful contact information for county offices, Alzheimer’s Disease organizations and government agencies that offer assistance to caregivers and senior citizens. 

Massachusetts Key Statistics

  • 22.9% of the Massachusetts population is aged 60 or over with 12% of seniors aged 65+ living alone. 
  • Massachusetts does not tax Social Security but all other income is taxed making it not very tax friendly for retirees. Income tax is set at a flat rate of 5.1% and an average property tax is set at $1,294 per $100,000 in home value. 
  • 51.1% of certified nursing home beds were rated four or five-stars over a three-month period compared to a US national average of 47.3%.
  • The median household income for a Massachusetts senior (65+) is $47,486.
  • 130,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts.

Choosing Long Term Care in Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts Home Care Agencies Directory: The average hourly home care rate in Massachusetts is $27.20, making Massachusetts more expensive than the national average ($22.50) for home care. 
  • Massachusetts Adult Day Care Directory: The average cost of adult day care in Massachusetts is $1,473 per month making Massachusetts less expensive than the national average ($1,625) for adult day care.
  • Massachusetts Assisted Living Directory: The average cost of assisted living in Massachusetts is $5,640 per month making Massachusetts more expensive than the national average ($4,051) for assisted living.
  • Massachusetts Skilled Nursing Directory: The average cost of skilled nursing in Massachusetts is $13,212 per month making Massachusetts more expensive than the national average ($8,517) for skilled nursing.

Massachusetts Senior Services

Massachusetts Government Health & Social Services – Seniors


Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Address: One Ashburton Place, 5 floor, Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 727-7750

Toll Free: (800) 243-4636

Fax: (617) 727-9368


Massachusetts State Plan on Aging

Massachusetts Elder Justice and Advocacy

To report Elder Abuse call the Adult Abuse Hotline at (800) 922-2275

To connect to local elder service agency: (800) 243-4636

Massachusetts Support for Caregivers

Massachusetts Senior Disaster Preparedness

Massachusetts Health Care Fraud

Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program

Address: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843

Phone: 800-892-0890

Phone: 978-683-7747

Fax: 978-687-1067

For information:

For help:

For information on volunteering:

Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Massachusetts Medicaid Elderly & Disabled Waiver Programme

Massachusetts Medicare and Insurance Counseling

Massachusetts Elderly Nutrition & Wellness

Massachusetts Prescription Assistance

Massachusetts Senior and Healthcare Transportation

Massachusetts County Offices for Aging

Elder Services of Berkshire County

Address: 877 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 

Phone: (413) 499-0524


Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.

Address: 66 Industry Avenue, Springfield, MA 01104 

Phone:(413) 781-8800


Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging

Address: 360 West Boylston Street, West Boylston, MA 01583

Phone: (800) 244-3032


SeniorCare, Inc.

Address: 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930 

Phone: (978) 281-1750


Greater Lynn Senior Services

Address: 8 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA 01901 

Phone: (781) 599-0110


Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services

Address: 61 Medford Street, Somerville, MA 02143 

Phone: (617) 628-2601


Minuteman Senior Services

Address: 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730 

Phone: (781) 272-7177


Springwell, Inc.

Address: 307 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 

Phone: (617) 926-4100


Baypath Elder Services

Address: 33 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752 

Phone: (508) 573-7200


HESSCO- Health & Social Services Consortium, Inc.

Address: 1 Merchant Street, Sharon, MA 02067 

Phone: (781) 784-4944


South Shore Elder Services Inc.

Address: 1515 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184 

Phone: (781) 848-3910


Old Colony Planning Council Area Agency on Aging

Address: 70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

 Phone: (508) 583-1833


Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.

Address: 1646 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: (508) 999-6400


Elder Services of Merrimack Valley

Address: 280 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843 

Phone: (978) 683-7747


Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly

Address: 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201 

Phone: (617) 635-4366


Bristol Elder Services, Inc

Address: 1 Father DeValles Blvd, Fall River, MA 02723 

Phone: (508) 675-2101


Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands

Address: 68 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660 

Phone: (508) 394-4630


LifePath, Inc.

Address: 101 Munson Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 

Phone: (413) 773-5555

Phone: (978) 544-2259


Highland Valley Elder Services

Address: 320 Riverside Drive, Suite B, Florence, MA 01062

Phone: (413) 586-2000


WestMass ElderCare

Address: 4 Valley Mill Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040 

Phone: 413-538-9020


Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

Address: 300 Commercial Street, Suite 19, Malden, MA 02148

Phone: (781) 324-7705


North Shore Elder Services, Inc.

Address: 300 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923

Phone: (978) 750-4540



National Healthcare, Caregiving & Senior Living Resources

Massachusetts Healthcare, Caregiving & Senior Living Resources

Alzheimer’s Organizations & Resources

Massachusetts Senior Health Studies

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