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.
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.
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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