Towards Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: Insights From Cross-National Research In UK, India And Brazil

Jamuna Duvurru, Ryan Woolrych, Adriana Araújo Portella, Judith Sixsmith

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Abstract

Ageing and urbanisation have raised specific opportunities and challenges in terms of how we can deliver urban environments to support older adults to age-in-place. Urban areas can bring benefits in old age, in terms of access to service and amenities, cultural supports and necessities for daily living. At the same time, urban environments can create feelings of insecurity, loneliness and isolation which may enhance vulnerability and undermine active ageing.

Ageing in urban environments has received significant policy and practice attention, e.g. the WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities movement and associated guidelines for the provision of accessible outdoor spaces and buildings, alongside opportunities for civic and social participation. Whilst these various policy drivers demonstrate progress, there has been a paucity of case study research exploring experiences of ageing across urban, social and cultural contexts. As a result, there has been a tendency to generalise findings across communities, assuming a one-size fits all approach, which may fail to capture the nuances of ageing across international contexts.

The objective of this symposium is to reflect on research undertaken across 6 cities and 18 neighbourhoods in the UK, Brazil and India as part of a 5 year funded project Place Making with Older Adults: Towards Age-friendly Communities. Through four inter-linked papers we will explore:
1. Understandings of ageing in place as experienced by older adults across different urban, social and cultural contexts; 2. The application of participatory, visual and creative methods and their power in understanding the place-based needs of older adults; and 3. Potential ways forward for how ageing
across cross-national contexts can inform the development of age-friendly cities and communities to support the rights of older people to age in place.

OBJECTIVES
1. Identify ways in which ageing in the urban environment may be experienced across different cross-cultural contexts and implications for the age-friendly agenda.
2. Discuss how different methodological approaches can enable different insights into the place-based
needs of older adults across different cultural contexts.
3. Explore challenges and opportunities in respect of cross-national research around age-friendly cities and communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages64
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational 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 20227 Nov 2022

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Recent Advances in Research on Healthy Aging and Future Challenges & 20th Biennial Conference of Association of Gerontology (India)
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityVaranasi
Period5/11/227/11/22

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