Manchester

Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Manchester in the wake of the recent terror attack which has left us all shocked and saddened.

Manchester, a world leader in the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, has demonstrated remarkable resilience in the wake of the attack. We are inspired by the way the community is coming together, and the way people are supporting each other and reaffirming shared values while celebrating the strengths of diversity in all forms. We are also inspired by newly elected Mayor Andy Burnham, who has re-affirmed Greater Manchester’s commitment to becoming an ideal place to grow older, build age-friendly environments, and fight age discrimination as a barrier to participation.

More than ever it is important to build inclusive, sustainable, and resilient cities and communities. Let’s use this as an opportunity to deepen conversations on solidarity and social inclusion, and continue together on our mission to make environments welcoming for everyone- including older people. 

New GNAFCC membership documents now online

GNAFCC now has new membership documents. These include important changes including the change of membership from renewal-based to ongoing. The document is available in English, Spanish, and Japanese. French and Chinese translations are in progress. 

Click here to access the new membership documents. 

Spanish Network receives award from older people's association

On Tuesday, IMSERSO, which runs the Spanish national program on age-friendly cities, received the prestigious Senda Public Initiative prize for their work on promoting age-friendly cities and communities in Spain. Big congratulations to the amazing IMSERSO team! 

The award, which is selected in part by a national association of older adults, is a testament to the positive impact that a national network of age-friendly cities and communities can have in creating age-friendly environments. 

Read more here

World Health Assembly adopts Dementia Action Plan

On Tuesday, the World Health Assembly adopted the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia. The global plan, which covers the period from 2017-2025, aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them, while decreasing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. Areas for action include: reducing the risk of dementia; diagnosis, treatment and care; research and innovative technologies; and development of supportive environments for carers.

Worldwide, around 47 million people have dementia, with nearly 9.9 million new cases each year. Nearly 60% of people with dementia live in low- and middle-income countries.

Read the draft action plan here

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About us 

Age-friendly World is a World Health Organization website dedicated to promoting age-friendliness around the world. The World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) is a global coalition of cities and communities committed to becoming age-friendly. We currently consist of more than 450 member cities and communities in 37 countries, covering a population of 148 million people. 

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