All over the UK and around the world there’s fantastic work going on to ensure our towns and cities are Age Friendly. From ensuring transport options meet the needs of older people to designing buildings and housing that meets their needs, Age Friendly Cities are ensuring they’re fit for purpose for all of their inhabitants.
We’ve decided to start highlighting some of the most interesting Age Friendly work going on around the internet in a monthly roundup. Keep reading to find some of the most interesting links we’ve found this January:
Future of London is, “An independent, not-for-profit policy network focused on the challenges facing urban regeneration, housing and economic development practitioners.” They shared an article about a roundtable held by the organisation which focused on partnership working to ensure an accessible public realm, facilitating more social interaction in town centres and reducing social isolation.
It’s a great read for anyone interested in the ways that town planning and development can address the needs of older people.
The city of Valdiva in Chile has become one of the latest bidding to become an Age Friendly City. In the next decade, the older population of the city will grow to 25% of its total population. “The idea is to create an age-friendly city that offers elderly people opportunities for real participation, and then extend the scheme to the rest of the country,” says Octavio Vegara, director of Fundación Oportunidad Mayor, the organisation behind Valdivia’s WHO inspired Gerontological Hub project.
It's always interesting to see how cities very different to Bristol are tackling the challenge of creating an Age Friendly City, and this article is a great profile of the proposals put forward in Valdiva.
Right here in Bristol the Arnolfini art gallery has been running some great intergenerational projects to coincide with a recent Grayson Perry exhibition. Perry's Shorts is an intergenerational project which has seen pupils from Ashton Park School, older people and PECo Theatre Company work together to create a piece of work in response to the exhibition. It has also been complemented by tours of the exhibition especially for older people.
Part funded by Bristol Ageing Better, it’s a really interesting project which helps to build links between people from different generations.
Find out more about the World Health Organisation’s Age Friendly Cities programme here. If you’re a Bristol based organisation, business or individual who would like to get involved with Age Friendly Bristol, get in touch to learn more about how you could contribute.