Age Friendliness



In 2006, the world health organization (WHO) developed a Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. This project brought together cities from around the world that were interested in supporting healthy aging by becoming more age-friendly. These cities gathered information from seniors, senior care providers and other groups and individuals with an interest in age-friendly communities. This information helped to identify eight key areas of community life in which communities can become more age friendly.

The information below about age-friendly cities is adapted from a publication of the World Health Organization: Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide, 2007

For more detailed information about each of the categories included in this outline, please refer to the guide, which includes specific suggestions for creating age-friendly environments under each of the topics.

Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

  • Pleasant and clean environment
  • Importance of green spaces
  • Somewhere to rest
  • Age-friendly pavements
  • Safe pedestrian crossings
  • Accessibility
  • A secure environment
  • Walkways and cycle paths
  • Age-friendly buildings


  • Availability
  • Affordability
  • Reliability and frequency
  • Travel destinations
  • Age-friendly vehicles
  • Specialized services for older people
  • Priority seating and passenger courtesy
  • Transport drivers
  • Safety and comfort
  • Transport stops and stations
  • Taxis
  • Community Transport
  • Information
  • Driving conditions
  • Courtesy towards older drivers
  • Parking

big age friendly city areas

  • Housing
    • Affordability
    • Essential services
    • Design
    • Modifications
    • Maintenance
    • Access to Services
    • Community and family connections
    • Housing options
    • Living environment

    Social Participation

    • Accessible opportunities
    • Affordable activities
    • Range of opportunities
    • Awareness of activities and events
    • Encouraging participation and addressing isolation
    • Integrating generations, cultures and communities

    Respect and Social Inclusion

    • Respectful and disrespectful behavior
    • Ageism and ignorance
    • Intergenerational interactions and public education
    • Place within the community
    • Helpfulness of the community
    • Place in the family
    • Economic exclusion
    • Civic Participation and Employment
    • Volunteering options for older people
    • Better employment options and more opportunities
    • Flexibility to accommodate older workers and volunteers
    • Encouraging civic participation
    • Training
    • Entrepreneurial opportunities
    • Valuing older peoples’ contributions

    Communication and Information

    • Widespread distribution
    • The right information at the right time
    • Will someone speak to me?
    • Age-friendly formats and design
    • Information technology:  boon and bane
    • Personal and collective responsibility

    Community Support and Health Services

    • Accessible care
    • A wider range of health services
    • Ageing well services
    • Home care
    • Residential facilities for people unable to live at home
    • A network of community services
    • Volunteers wanted
    • Other issues

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