An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age - World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation have developed a framework for tackling such wide ranging issues in a way which is designed to improve the quality of life of older people – the Age-friendly City network.
The WHO Age-friendly Cities framework was developed in a participatory way involving older people from 33 cities across the world. It ran 158 focus groups involving 1485 older people. A further 515 service providers were involved in the discussions.
Age-friendly city status would provide Bristol with a mechanism for improving the quality of life of older people across a comprehensive range of elements which have an impact on the risk of isolation and loneliness. Most importantly, it would ensure that there is an explicit commitment to focus attention on the wellbeing of older The principal outcomes were designed around ensuring that there be a tangible political and managerial commitment by the Council and its partners to improving the quality of life of older people.
In October 2015, Bristol Ageing Better held an Age-friendly conference to bring together individuals to discuss what the issues were in Bristol and how we could go forward as a city. Participants were given the chance to sit in on sessions and give their views on particular issues regarding the 8 key World Health Organisation visions.
Kendig H, & Philipson, (2014) Building Age-friendly Communities: New Approaches to Challenging Health and Social Inequalities, in “If you could do one thing..”: Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities, British Academy (2014)