Welcome to the March

Age-friendly World Newsletter!

In this Newsletter:

Innovation@Home: A Call for Age-friendly Housing Practices that Work

• MENTOR-AFE Launch: a mentorship programme to strengthen leadership in age-friendly environments

• New Publication: A user-friendly version of the Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health

Innovation@Home: A Contest and Call for Age-friendly Housing Practices

that Work

The WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, in collaboration with Grantmakers In Aging, is pleased to announce Innovation@Home, a competition and a call for age-friendly housing practices that can inspire action around the world by showing what can be done and how it can be done.  

The Innovation@Home competition is seeking examples of housing initiatives that foster healthy and active ageing. Age-friendly housing enables older people’s basic needs to be met so that they can continue to learn and grow, stay mobile, build and maintain relationships, and contribute to their community.  By entering this competition, you will also help to increase the number and diversity of housing-related practices available on the Age-friendly World website, an important resource for cities and communities around the world.  

Winners will receive free travel to the October 2018 International Technical Meeting on Ageing at Home in Quebec, Canada, where they will receive a formal award. Winning programmes will also be publicized broadly through GIA and WHO networks and publications. Entries are due by 4 April 2018. 

For more information, visit the Innovation@Home webpage


Building leaders for the next decade of age-friendly cities and communities

The World Health Organization and the International Federation on Ageing are excited to announce the launch of MENTOR-AFE – a mentorship programme to strengthen leadership in age-friendly environments. If you are an emerging or current leader in age-friendly cities and communities that would benefit from further skill development or an expert interested to give back then MENTOR-AFE may be for you. Applications for both mentees and mentors are now open, and close 30 May 2018.

Click here for further information on the programme and how to apply.

Age-friendly News

New Publication: 

Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health


A user-friendly version of the Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health is now available online. The Strategy reiterates WHO's commitment to building a world where adults will live not only longer but also healthier lives.

This new publication also includes a list of the 10 indicators that were selected to measure progress in the implementation of the Strategy. 

Download the publication here, or find out more about the Strategy here


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 for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) is a global coalition of cities and communities committed to becoming more age-friendly. We currently consist of 541 member cities and communities in 37 countries, covering a population of 179 million people. 

Submit your news on Age-friendly World or get in touch with us at gnafcc@who.int.