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
- 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: email@example.com