Publication in Focus: Report on the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
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 Network members around the world examine local age-friendly programmes in depth.
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Ireland: The First Age-friendly Country
On 16 December 2019, Ireland became the first Country in the world where all local administrations are members of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
An event to recognize this achievement was hosted in Slane Castle, Meath County Council, and attended by all levels of Government including: An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar; Minister for Health, Jim Daly; Minister for Housing and Development, Damien English; representatives from Age-friendly Ireland Shared Service; local authority chief executives and the WHO.
Ireland has been working for over a decade to develop age-friendly environments, and now all 31 Local Government led programmes have an age-friendly strategy and are committed to ensuring that they are more inclusive and supportive of older people, addressing concerns across a range of areas such as health, housing, social care, safety, etc. Using a whole of community and a whole of Government approach, Ireland aims to make every community a great place in which to grow older.
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.