Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Tel Aviv Yafo Israel
Tel Aviv-Yafo is a global and multicultural city, the second most populous city in Israel and in the conurbation of the Dan metropolitan area. Since 2000, there has been an over 13% percent increase in the city’s aging population. In 2017, there were 67,900 people over the age of 65 living in the city, making up 15% of the total population of the city (well over the national average of 11%). It is estimated that by 2035 this number will increase to 91,000 people over the age of 65.
Our policy vision aims to create an Age-Friendly Tel Aviv-Yafo and to provide our senior citizens with a better quality of life, enabling them active lifestyles and healthy aging with community-based, safe and accessible environment. Our strategy and action plan was based on information-gathering process included ongoing discussions, advisory groups and wide community conversations with seniors’ citizens and other stakeholders. Our aim with a mixed-methods approach was to determine the existing age-friendliness of the city and identify ways in which it can become more age-friendly.
The strategy informed four key priority issues which were identified as opportunities:
building local collaborations, communities’ network and inter-organizational activities
promoting meaningful daily activities by facilitating volunteer-led groups and champions
developing innovative solutions using technology to disrupt ageing
enhancing intergenerational relations and solidarity to raise awareness and strengthen community resilience
The action plan proposes long and short term projects and services in six domains: Active and healthy living; Dementia services; Employment; Housing; Outdoor spaces and built environment; Social inclusion, voluntary activities and community support. Our future plans include incorporating technological tools as a TV platform to connect social clubs to bedridden elderly and a resident card to deliver personalized information and discounts.