Welcome to the May

Age-friendly World Newsletter!

In this Newsletter:

• Submissions closing 15 May 2018 - Innovation@Home: A Contest and Call for Age-friendly Housing Practices that Work

• Applications open for MENTOR-AFEa mentorship programme to strengthen leadership in age-friendly environments

• Updating your Age-friendly World Member Profiles!

• Next IFA/WHO Webinar 23 May 2018 (Wed): Age-friendly Europe - good practices & next steps

Submissions Closing Soon!

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

 that Work

The deadline for Innovation@Home entries is coming up soon - don't miss this opportunity and submit your housing practice by Tuesday 15 May 2018!

Innovation@Home is 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. This initiative is a collaboration of the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, and Grantmakers In Aging.

Innovation@Home 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 15 May 2018 (Tue).

For more information, visit the Innovation@Home webpage


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

Do you have an age-friendly program you'd like some feedback on? Want to accelerate your skills in developing a new age-friendly project? Want to boost your technical expertise in the age-friendly approach? Then sign up for MENTOR-AFE, the Age-friendly Environments Mentorship Programme. This is an exciting global leadership development opportunity that brings potential mentees and mentors together, to build skills that are important for successful age-friendly environments. MENTOR-AFE provides:

• As a Mentee - an opportunity to obtain guidance for specific projects, accelerate your overall skill development, and grow as age-friendly experts with the support of a mentor

• As a Mentor - a space for you to share your knowledge and experience while reinforcing your own leadership and expertise, by developing mentees’ skills to lead, influence and implement age-friendly environments

Applications for both mentees and mentors close 30 May 2018 (Wed).

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

Update your profile page!

If you are a member of the Network, one of the best new features of our updated website is the opportunity to showcase your city or community's progress on the WHO Age-Friendly Cycle directly on your member profile page. This not only helps you feature more prominently at the international level, but can also give you opportunities for collaboration with other cities, and allow us to give you the necessary support. 

On your profile page you can share:

• The commitment letter from your mayor or city leadership 

• Your baseline assessment 

• Your strategy and action plan

• Your evaluation 

• Age-friendly practices that you submit, once edited by us, are also shared on your member page

Did you know? New membership certificate

You can also download your new membership certificate directly from your profile page once you login!  

Be a featured member! 

We will be choosing up to 24 completed profiles to highlight on the front page of Age-friendly World over the next year. Make sure your profile is updated by 1 July 2018 to be considered.

Keep your membership

It is a requirement of membership to maintain an updated profile page, to show progress and active participation. We encourage you to login regularly to provide updates. 

How do I update my page?

You can find the guide for updating your profile from your Member's Space. You can access this page when you are logged in, here.

Should you have any questions regarding updates, please do not hesitate to contact us at gnafcc.admin@who.int

23 May (Wed): WHO/IFA Webinar on Age-friendly Europe -

Good Practices & Next Steps

The International Federation on Aging and the World Health Organization Department of Ageing and Life Course are pleased to co-present the eighth instalment of the IFA/WHO Webinar Series.

• Speakers: Dr Manfred Huber, Coordinator - Healthy Ageing, Disability and Long-term Care, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen; and Ms Anne Berit Rafoss, Special Adviser - Department for Ageing, Health and Work, City of Oslo; Second term chair of the Working group on "Urban ageing" in Eurocities

• Time: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 14:00 - 15:00 Central Europe Time (+01:00 UTC)

• Topic: Age-friendly Europe: Good practices & next steps

Participation is free and registration is strongly recommended. Register at GoToWebinar

The IFA/WHO Webinar Series features experts from around the world exploring a number of critical and emerging topics on Healthy Ageing. All attendees are welcome - older adults, local, regional and national government policymakers, NGOs, clinicians, urban planners, and all those with an interest in building age-friendly environments.


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.