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.