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Respect and Social Inclusion


An inclusive society encourages older people to participate more in their city’s social, civic and economic life. This, in turn, promotes active ageing.

Respect for seniors

While respect for seniors is mostly healthy in many cities and communities, negative preconceptions of ageing still exist. There is a need to facilitate intergenerational interactions to dispel such notions. Education about ageing should also begin early to raise awareness on ageing and associated issues, so that people learn to appreciate their elderly.

Social and economic inclusion

Social engagement can contribute to seniors’ esteem. Age-friendly initiatives to involve all seniors in activities where they have experience can keep them engaged with the community, and help them feel valued in their community. Older people should always be consulted on decisions concerning them.