“An Age-friendly community is an inclusive and accessible environment that promotes active ageing”
Age friendly cities and communities are places where older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Guiding the development of Age friendly places is a process that actively involves older people in decision-making, implementation and evaluation of a plan of action to bring about sustainable change.
The Age-friendly Cities and Communities program is a global initiative of the World Health Organisation to address the environments and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing in societies.
The World Health Organisation has created a checklist of essential features to assist communities to become age-friendly. Governments, organisations and individuals can use this checklist to match their own experiences of their community’s characteristics and barriers:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Social participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community and health services
Hear Dr Alex Kalache speak about Age-friendly Environments.
COTA Queensland is working with governments, non-government organisations, businesses, and seniors to promote age-friendly communities. In particular COTA Queensland is interested in hearing from local governments about how they can be assisted to:
- explore the most effective ways for councils to plan for positive ageing in their local areas
- improve safety and access to public spaces and community buildings (such as shopping centres)
- explore new models for senior citizens centres to ensure they are relevant
- find more effective ways to engage socially isolated people
- develop ways to get older people involved in planning for positive ageing in their communities
- create better ways to use the skills and experience of older people.
Access the Age-friendly Community Toolkit – your go-to guide to bringing age-friendly initiatives to life in your community.
For more information on the Queensland Age-friendly:
- Strategy and reporting
- Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program
- Resources – including the Queensland Seniors Fact Sheets
- Residential Transition of Older Queenslanders
- B.OLD Short Films
If you are interested in knowing more about the movement for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, please contact COTA Queensland on phone 1300 738 348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org