Member in Focus: Stuttgart, Germany
The City of Stuttgart has long since taken various measures to meet the demographic challenges of an ageing population. In the social and care sector in particular, there is a wide range of residential care facilities and nursing homes, outpatient support structures, civic initiatives and municipal advisory services. Municipal programs for the age-appropriate conversion of housing supplement these offerings.
In addition, the concept of “participatory age planning” introduced in 2010 promotes the participation and networking of all relevant stakeholders. Since then, these principles have formed the basis for further municipal initiatives…Read more
Age-friendly Practice in Focus: JOMI – Jogos da Melhor Idade 2022
Jaguariúna began on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, its participation in the Games of the Best Age (JOMI – Jogos da Melhor Idade). This year, the competition takes place in the city of Casa Branca, between 20 and 24 April, with the participation of 33 cities in the region of Campinas.
The delegation of Jaguariúna has 80 athletes, who are students of the Live Better Program of the Department of Youth, Sports and Leisure of the City Hall, and they will compete in 13 modalities.
According to the Secretary of Youth, Sports and Leisure, Rafael da Silva Blanco, the Jaguariunense team has a major challenge to achieve a good overall ranking among the cities and solidify the sports scene in the region.
“Wonderful to see the willingness of our older residents to participate. Regardless of the result we are proud of what we built. We will continue working to bring more health and quality of life to older people,”…Read more
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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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 email@example.com.
Cardiff: The first in Wales to join the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
The capital city of Wales, Cardiff, is the first location in the country to join the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC).
Recognising older people as a respected and diverse population who should be enabled to participate in and contribute to all spheres of life is central to Cardiff’s age-friendly city action plan, which combines various strategies developed in consultation with older people. The plan includes commitments to older members of the population, relating to dimensions of life such as housing, transport, and participation in valued activities.
Age Friendly Wales: Our Strategy for an Ageing Society sets out actions the Welsh Government will take to reap the benefits of the growing number of older people in Wales. As an Affiliate of GNAFCC, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has been pleased to work with and support Cardiff in reaching this important milestone in its journey towards becoming an age-friendly city – an important step forward in the ambition of creating an age-friendly Wales.
Adding life to years
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