Our "age-friendly" Vision

We want to see the UK, and Europe, become truly age-friendly.

What is "age-friendly"?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)…

An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

In 2007, WHO established the Age-Friendly Cities scheme, which offers a guide on how to build age-friendly communities, and a formal accreditation to cities that meet and work to these guidelines. The Beth Johnson Foundation has adopted this concept of age-friendliness, and it is our aim to help establish the whole of the UK, and the rest of Europe, as age-friendly, both in policy and in practice.

WHO’s guide to making communities age-friendly includes eight areas of focus, which are:

  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Civic Participation and Employment
  • Communication and Information
  • Community Support and Health Services

BJF is particularly focused on the social and health-related aspects of making communities age-friendly.

For more information about the Age-Friendly Cities scheme, visit the World Health Organisation website

If you are interested in helping your city reach the age-friendly accreditation, or in developing your community along the age-friendly principles, contact Lynne Wealleans at: lynne.wealleans@bjf.org.uk

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