City in Focus: Maipú, Argentina
The Municipality of Maipú through the different departments of the Ministry of Government, seeks to respond to all the demands of our older adults and provide them with a better…Read more
First ever Hispanic conference on age-friendly cities and communities
Madrid, Spain, 14-16 October 2019 - the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare together with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, hosted the first Hispanic Conference on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The conference was opened by the Minister Carcedo Roces and brought together 250 participants, including Mayors, practitioners, academics and older adults, from 14 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay).
Bringing Spanish speakers together enabled rich sharing of knowledge, experience and tools and was the first step in developing a Spanish speaking movement within the Global network for age-friendly cities and communities. The first two days of the conference included a series of round tables and workshops where participants presented and discussed experience on a range of thematic areas related to the development of age-friendly cities and communities including how to support enhance mobility, tackle ageism, reduce social isolation and support older people in rural communities. The third day involved field visits to Soto del Real, an age-friendly community, and Coslada, an age-friendly city. These visits gave participants the opportunity to discover the transformation that these two places underwent on their age-friendly journey, and to derive insights and lessons that could be useful in their own cities and communities.
More information about the conference can be found here.
New publication: Report on the Global Network, and case studies from around the world
A new report on the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities reviews achievements since the founding of the Network in 2007, challenges and how to overcome them, and together with its Affiliate programs, outlines steps to guide action over the next decade. Eleven accompanying case studies from members of the Network around the world examine local age-friendly programmes in depth.
The Network aims to stimulate and enable cities and communities around the world to become increasingly age-friendly. It seeks to do this by inspiring change by showing what can be done and how it can be done; connecting cities and communities worldwide to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and experience; and supporting cities and communities to find appropriate innovative and evidence-based solutions.
This was made possible through the generous financial contribution of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Case studies were developed in partnership with a research team from the University of Manchester.