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Hear what members of our community want in an age-friendly community. Affordable housing and transportation, access to health care and social activities, respect and much more. Thank you to Boston Neighborhood Network, Ethos and Massachusetts Senior Action Council for their help in producing this video. This video was produced by In the Car. http://www.inthecarmedia.com/

Barrier-free connectivity for social inclusion

The most fundamental prerequisite for social inclusion is barrier-free connectivity. At some point in many people’s lives, stairs become an insurmountable obstacle. At that point, even escalators can prove difficult.

It is therefore important to integrate solutions that help people get around without getting blocked by steps and street curbs. Although ramps are a very obvious and straightforward solution, they are often forgotten in public spaces around the world. Elevators, by contrast, are normally standard in every new public and private building, but here the problem is often that there are not enough elevators.

A barrier-free approach helps not just seniors, but also people with limited mobility, parents with baby carriages and parcel delivery services. And don’t forget other options, such as chair lifts and platform lifts, which help when ramps or elevators prove unfeasible.

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