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Developing age-friendly cities and communities: Case studies from around the world


Cities and communities in the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities have undertaken many important steps to promote healthy and active ageing. While approaches are diverse, these communities all work towards the same end goal: to promote environments that help older people to continue to be and do what they have reason to value. Member cities and communities, as part of joining the Network, commit to an approach that engages stakeholders across all sectors and all actors, and involves older people every step of the way.

In these case studies, cities and communities within the Global Network share their local experience in developing age-friendly physical and social environments through political engagement, understanding the situation, developing a strategy and action plan, and evaluating outcomes. They describe their local context, their challenges and successes, and achievements to date.

These case studies were developed in partnership with a research team (Tine Buffel, Christopher Phillipson, Natalie Cotterell and Samuèle Rémillard-Boilard) from the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, University of Manchester, United Kingdom. The project was made possible by a generous financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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