Building Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
‘Age-Friendly Cities and Communities’ are those that have policies, services and structures that enable older people to ‘age actively’ – that is, live in good security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.
A comprehensive new piece of research explores how to develop urban environments that can best support sense of place amongst older adults living in diverse urban areas. By sense of place they mean the physical, social and community resources needed to enable older adults to feel valued in their community, to facilitate a sense of belonging, to enable a sense of identity (sense of self in relation to others) and to develop a sense of place attachment (to people and place).
If this sounds complicated, the research report is actually very readable and contains some real nuggets of common sense and many of the key points have direct relevance to people with disabilities, who often face the same mobility challenges as older people – it’s well worth a read, if this topic interests you: Read Research