How to Make Cities More Age-Friendly?


An age-friendly city can only result from an integrated approach centred on how people live. This involves coordinating different areas of city policy and services so that they are mutually reinforcing. Fundamental change can be achieved by listening to those concerned and by thinking beyond the confines of one’s own sector. A central aspect of the WHO age-friendly cities approach is to engage in a participatory process of assessing the age-friendliness across sectors (health, infrastructure, etc.)  in collaboration with older people, of planning and  implementing change collaboratively, and monitoring progress in partnership with older people and with other key stakeholders.

A number of guides and tool kits have been developed on the process of creating more age-friendly communities. These can be downloaded from the Resources section.

Guiding principles for your age-friendly journey
Listen to and involve older people
Form alliances for age-friendliness
Assess the age-friendliness of your community
Plan collaboratively and around age-friendly outcomes
Move to action: even small steps can go a long way
Monitor progress, celebrate success and identify areas for further improvement