Developing age-friendly communities: practice and policy initiatives from across the world

Warburton, J. and Everingham, J. (2009). Developing age-friendly communities: practice and policy initiatives from across the world. In: 19th World Congress, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, (). 5-9 July 2009.

Author Warburton, J.
Everingham, J.
Title of paper Developing age-friendly communities: practice and policy initiatives from across the world
Conference name 19th World Congress, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Conference location Paris, France
Conference dates 5-9 July 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Other
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In the face of global challenges associated with population ageing, social exclusion and increasingly complex urban environments, there is an urgent need to understand how to make communities more age friendly. More specifically, there is a growing recognition that older people themselves have a key role to play in ensuring that their communities enable people to age well. This session brings together international researchers from a number of countries with an interest in exploring the relationship between well-being in later life and the social and physical environment in which people live. Rationale for choice of participants: In recent years, research across the world has begun to explore how to engage older people in identifying the factors that lead to age-friendly communities. Common themes in the research include a focus on the engagement of older people, valuing the ‘voice’ of older people, working in local communities/ neighbourhoods, and working collaboratively with local government and organisations involved with older people. This symposium brings together a group of these researchers from Canada, the UK, Australia and the USA, who are all working within their own policy contexts and with local seniors to develop local age-friendly environments. This session is aimed at reviewing the findings from different projects, identifying commonalities, and exploring strategies for future research. Novelty and scientific interest in the international research context: While the World Health Organization’s Age-friendly Cities Project (2006-2007) provided a high-profile demonstration of how urban environments are an important factor mediating the experiences and opportunities open to older people, it also demonstrated the effectiveness of a bottom-up, participatory approach. Panelists draw together this and other research that shows that empowerment of older people to work with others in their communities is an important way of optimizing their opportunities for health, participation and security as they age. The session builds on insights from complementary research in a variety of locations to explore how older people work with others to build age-friendly environments.
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