What is an Age-Friendly City?

One million people worldwide turn 60 every month; 80% of these live in developing countries.

According to United Nations estimates, the number of older persons (60+) will double from the current 600 million to 1.2 billion by 2025, and again, to 2 billion by 2050. The vast majority of older people live in their homes and communities, but in environments that have not been designed with their needs and capacities in mind.

To support Governments in developing and strengthening health and social policies in an ageing world, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a Policy Framework on Active Ageing in 2002. Active ageing policy is defined as “optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.” The active ageing approach is grounded in the UN-recognized principles of independence, participation, dignity, care and self-fulfilment. It acknowledges the importance of gender, earlier life experiences, and culture on how individuals age. It takes into account the biological, psychological, behavioural, economic, social and environmental factors that operate over the course of a person’s life to determine health and well-being in later years. Read more:  Global Age-Friendly Cities Project


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Age-Friendly Community (AFC) Planning Guide Released

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Welcome to Burlington Age Friendly

The Burlington Age-Friendly Seniors Council collaborates and partners with groups and individuals working to create an age-friendly city. Learn more.

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