World Health Organisation publishes report on Age Friendly Cities and Communities featuring major contributions from MICRA researchers

The World Health Organisation report aims to provide a global overview of the progress that cities and communities have made over the last decade towards becoming more age-friendly and features case studies which were prepared by a team led by Tine Buffel and consisting of Christopher Phillipson, Natalie Cotterell and Samuèle Rémillard-Boilard.

The case studies looked at Akita City, Japan, Basque Country, Spain, City of Brussels, Belgium, Dijon, France, Guadaljara, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Loncoche, China, Melville, Australia, Ottawa, Canada, Portland, USA and of course, Manchester, UK.

As the report analyses and details the steps towards cities and communities have taken towards becoming more age-friendly, it also looks towards a vision of the future – to reducing inequalities, to cities and communities making measurable changes and in strengthening WHO’s Global Network and partnerships.

Professor Debora Price, Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing commented:

“This is a really important programme – for ageing cities to understand what is possible, and what can be achieved in improving the wellbeing of older people in an urban environment. We are privileged in Manchester to have both civic leadership and world-leading research in the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group, committed to understanding inequalities across the lifecourse and in later life , and how to combat them through systemic and environmental change. International collaboration and policy influence is core to our research here at MICRA and this work shows how academics , cities and the people who live in them, and policy-makers, can work with organisations like the WHO across national boundaries to make life better.”


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