Age-friendly Environments Mentoring Programme (MENTOR-AFE)
Do you want to be more skilled at transforming your city or community to be a better place for people of all ages? The Age-friendly Environments Mentoring Programme (MENTOR-AFE) is a distance mentoring programme, established to develop skills to lead, influence and implement age-friendly cities and communities. Over a 12 month period, a mentor will provide guidance and support to enable a mentee to develop the specific skills they need to advance their work on age-friendly environments. Mentorship will be unique to the mentee’s development needs, the mentor’s skills, and the time and energy committed to the relationship.
Applications for the 2021 round of MENTOR-AFE have now closed. Applicants will be notified of their outcomes shortly.
To express your interest for future rounds of MENTOR-AFE, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Older People and COVID-19: City Case Studies and WHO's Work
The impacts of COVID-19 are reshaping urban life around the world. Older people are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Older people, and those with underlying health conditions, face a higher risk of serious illness and higher rate of death than people in younger age groups. The physical isolation of older people from their traditional social network – including family, friends, and care professionals - has increased the risk for social isolation, anxiety and loneliness which can impact negatively on a person’s physical and mental health. Local Governments, in collaboration with older people and civil society organisations, have been taking important measures over the past months to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of older people.
To find out more about what cities have been doing, browse some examples and case studies here.
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand, joins the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) has adopted the Tāmaki Makaurau Tauawhi Kaumātua – Age-friendly Tāmaki Makaurau Action Plan and joined the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC). This is a major achievement for Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest city which is home to around one-third of all New Zealanders. By 2043, the city’s population is projected to increase from 1.57 to 2.3 million and the proportion of Aucklanders aged 65+ is expected to grow from 12 percent (189,000) to 19 percent (432,000). Tāmaki Makaurau is also one of the most diverse cities in the world: 44 percent of its older population were born overseas, 10 percent of older residents do not speak English, it has the country’s largest population of Māori (indigenous New Zealanders), and the world’s biggest Polynesian population.
Tāmaki Makaurau Tauawhi Kaumātua 2022-2027 recognises the city’s diversity, particularly the unique cultural identity of Māori. It integrates the WHO Age-friendly domains with Māori values and Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori holistic wellbeing framework. It reflects over three years of collaborative work between Auckland Council, the community, civil society and aged care organisations.
Four other Aotearoa New Zealand communities are also members: Nelson, Gore, Hamilton, and New Plymouth. Around 15 other communities have developed Age-friendly strategies and plans with the support of the Age-friendly Aotearoa New Zealand Programme. These plans are helping to give effect to the Better Later Life He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034 Strategy, Aotearoa New Zealand’s strategy for an ageing population.
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Andreia Merícia Polido de Almeida
Nuestro grano de arena a la Red Global de Ciudades Amigables con las personas mayores!
A su vez, en la generación de opciones para que esta población mantenga una calidad de vida digna. Donde se fomente la formación y educación permanente, los espacios de salud mental y de relación con pares.
Queremos aportar en la transformación de roles de la población adulta mayor, donde pasen de ser sujetos pasivos a sujetos autónomos!
Ana Victoria Madrigal Boza, Oficina de Bienestar Social y Familia, Área Desarrollo Humano y Cohesión Social, Municipalidad de Mora