Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
With more than half of its population aged above 60, Royan is mindful of the concepts of “living well” and “successful ageing”. The City invests in health issues, particularly those related to seniors, and recognises that a favourable, age-friendly living environment is necessary to compensate the physical and social changes and challenges associated with ageing.
Since 2009, the Health Prevention And Nutrition Active Seniors (PENSA) programme allows residents aged 60 years and over to take control of their health and well–being, through the promotion of physical activities, a healthy and balanced diet, cerebral activities and social connections. A conference cycle, proposed since 2002, also aims to cover a specific theme of health each month. Each conference hopes to gather more than 300 participants.
In June 2013, Royan joined the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, as a demonstration of Royan’s commitment and efforts to improve quality life and active ageing. A phase of public consultation is also underway through meetings in small groups to collect views on how Royan can meet the diverse needs of its senior residents.