Age-friendly cities and communities work to improve the relationship between the environment and the people who live there, regardless of their age. Every city and community can take steps to become more age friendly.
An age-friendly city or community:
- Works to give senior citizens more opportunities to participate in everyday life, age safely, and live without fear of discrimination or poverty;
- Offers senior citizens the chance to continue growing and developing as individuals while also contributing to their communities;
- Allows senior citizens to age with dignity and autonomy;
- Encourages healthy aging through its policies, services, environments and structures.
A city that´s friendly for senior citizens is friendly for everyone.
Join the network: Toward an Age-Friendly World
More than 500 cities in 37 countries around the world are already working everyday to become friendlier to older adults. These cities form the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.
Read more about the network here.
Below are documents and resources regarding the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Initiative:
Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide
The purpose of this guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly so as to tap the potential that older persons represent for humanity.
Measuring the Age Friendliness of Cities- A guide to using Core Indicators (WHO)
This guide provides technical guidance on selecting and using core indicators for establishing baselines, setting goals/targets, monitoring and evaluating Age-friendly City initiatives.
For more information, please visit the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly World website.