The process of becoming an Age Friendly City means constantly referring to the all-important domains which give the programme its focus.
What are these domains? A list of the eight Age Friendly domains can be found on our Age Friendly website here. The domains are centred around themes that have been highlighted by the World Health Organisation and are designed to act as a guide for cities to better adapt their structures and services to the needs of older people.
In order for Bristol to become an Age Friendly City, we need to take a closer look at each of the domains and see what needs to be adapted and celebrate what the city has already achieved.
This will be the first in a series of blogs that will look into what each domain is hoping to achieve, starting off with Transport.
In the Age Friendly Charter developed earlier this year, we set out nine visions for what an Age Friendly Bristol would look like. These expand on the domains laid out by the World Health Organisation and set out Bristol-specific ambitions.
One of these visions was:
“Older people in Bristol have access to all available forms of transport and are confident in getting around the city.”
Transport is an important precursor to accessing the community. Older people commonly experience transport disadvantage. Not knowing when a bus is coming when there isn’t a display screen at the bus stop, or being unaware of what kind of transport is available to use in the city can be frustrating and problematic.
For transport to be age friendly, older people in Bristol need to have good access to transport and feel confident when it comes to getting around the city.
At BAB we want to help the city to work together and establish a transport system that is accessible, well maintained and safe to use. This could mean, for example, ensuring transport stops and stations are conveniently located and have adequate seating and shelter. Or it could be looking into developing more reliable private transport options for older people to access.
This programme isn’t all about looking at areas that need to be changed. We also want to celebrate age friendly work that is already happening in the city. Perhaps your organisation has been making changes that will lead to a positive transport experience for an older person? If so, this is something we want to hear about.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Age Friendly Bristol please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how you can get involved.