Age-friendly Cities and Communities

An age-friendly city or community is a place that adapts its services and physical structures to be more inclusive and receptive to the needs of its population to improve their quality of life as they age. A friendly city encourages healthy aging by optimizing resources to improve the health, safety, and inclusion of older people in the community.

An age-friendly environment is a better place for everyone!

Key facts

Goals of friendly cities: An age-friendly city or community.

  • Works to give older people more opportunities to participate in everyday life, age in a healthy way, and live without fear of discrimination or poverty.

  • Offers older people the opportunity to grow and develop as an individual while contributing to their community.

  • Allows older people to age with dignity and autonomy.

  • Promotes healthy aging through policies, services, environments, and structures.

What PAHO does

To encourage cities and communities to adapt to the needs of the aging population, WHO has created the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNFACC). With the support of PAHO, the Region of the Americas has become the fastest growing region in the network.