WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Inclusive and accessible environments that promote active ageing

The WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities

An age-friendly community is an inclusive and accessible environment that promotes active ageing.

The WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities program is an international effort to help cities prepare for population ageing and the increasing number and size of urban areas.

The program covers eight areas of life that influence the health and quality of life of older people:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services

The WHO Age Friendly Cities Checklist is based on these eight areas of life and was developed in consultation with 33 cities in 22 countries.

The WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities was formed by collaborating cities and municipalities to help foster more age friendly places, by including older people in the decisions that affect their lives, especially at a local level.

COTA NSW can provide a consultancy service to assist local councils become more age friendly and to join the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. For more information phone 02 9286 3860.

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