Age-Friendly Cities

Where people can live happily regardless of their age

We live in a world designed by younger people, for younger people. That’s not a criticism, it’s a fact. But there are already over 1.5 billion people over 50 years of age and in many developed countries this means around 4 out of every 10 citizens.

As this number is set to rise in historic proportions how can cities, towns and villages cope with the reduced mobility and independence ageing brings?

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Inspired by the WHO

The World Health Organisation’s Global Age-Friendly Cities project currently spans over 250 cities and communities across 28 countries. To learn more about the WHO project visit their age-friendly world website.

Through extensive consultation with city administrators and citizens, the WHO have created a checklist enabling cities to self-assess their age-friendliness and to chart their progress.

The free version of our AF Cities app has adopted this WHO checklist making it possible to conduct an objective evaluation.

The AF Cities app allows you to use the WHO checklist to evaluate the age-friendliness of your city and then analyse and output the data using the AF Engine.

AF app = WHO + physical ageing

While there are undeniable psycho-social aspects to ageing, our philosophy is that the physical decline that accompanies natural ageing creates the most identifiable and correctable aspects of our living environment.

The 25 effects of ageing that form the basis of our AF concept provide a grid to evaluate the world through ageing minds, bodies and senses.

Beyond the WHO checklist, cities will need to enlist the help of specialists to delve deeper into transportation, housing and the other areas of the cities checklist. We invite collaborators to work with us on creating question sets around these areas.