The World Health Organisation (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (AFC) agenda has become a key policy driver for delivering urban environments that support older people to age in place. The movement has led to positive interventions at a city and community level alongside evidence of effective partnership working. Despite this, there are challenges in terms of how best to address widening societal inequalities in old age, where access to the resources and supports to age well can be compromised and psycho-social understandings of place are challenged across urban and social contexts. This lecture will explore the implications of these inequalities and inequities (social, spatial and political/civic) on ageing in place and specifically on AFCCs through bringing together cross-national research and evidence on urban environments and ageing. The paper will reflect on emerging issues and priorities for moving forward with the AFCC and ageing in place agenda, including: understanding the transformational urban, social and cultural contexts of home and community in supporting ageing in place; recognising diversity and difference across socio-political and cultural environments in relation to place; supporting rights and citizenship within the context of ageing and place; and strengthening older people's voices and participation in decision-making processes. Addressing these key areas are integral to ensuring that we provide the opportunities and structures to support older people to age in place across diverse urban environments which respond to inequalities in place.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
|Event||International Symposium on Recent Advances in Research on Healthy Aging and Future Challenges & 20th Biennial Conference of Association of Gerontology (India)|
- Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Duration: 5 Nov 2022 → 7 Nov 2022
|Conference||International Symposium on Recent Advances in Research on Healthy Aging and Future Challenges & 20th Biennial Conference of Association of Gerontology (India)|
|Period||5/11/22 → 7/11/22|