How to Make Cities More Age-friendly?
An age-friendly community 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, understanding the needs and by thinking beyond the confines of one’s own sector. Key steps to create age-friendly environments include engaging in a participatory process of assessing the age-friendliness across sectors (health, infrastructure, etc.), planning and implementing change collaboratively, and monitoring progress in partnership with older people and 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 Resource Library.