Online survey on age-friendly municipalities, cities and regions

Posted in: News on October 23, 2012

Survey by AGE, CEMR and Eurocities prepared to collect the views of local and regional authorities (LRAs) across the EU as well as older citizens’ groups on the feasibility of launching an EU initiative such as European Covenant on Demographic Change to promote age-friendly environments across the EU.LRAs are faced with increasing demands from their ageing populations. At the same time the economic situation is deteriorating and creates additional challenges for LRAs and older citizens. According to WHO, the physical and social environments are key determinants of whether people can remain healthy, independent and autonomous long into their old age. Promoting age-friendly environments (AFE) is one of the most effective approaches for responding to demographic ageing. AFE empower older people to age in better physical and mental health, promote their social inclusion and active participation and help them maintain their autonomy and a good quality of life in their old age. AFE enable older workers to remain at work for longer, lower the pressure on traditional care and assistance and boost the economy through demand for innovative solutions. AFE are best developed with an active participation of older people. We would like therefore to invite local and regional authorities to take part in a short online survey that we conduct among EUROCITIES, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and AGE Platform Europe about challenges and support needs to becoming age-friendly municipalities, cities and regions. Older people’s organisations are encouraged to disseminate the survey to local authorities and regions in their country, either directly or through the national association of municipalities and regions, etc. The survey will not take more than 10 minutes and can be accessed here in English (introduction available also in French, Italian, Spanish and German): . The results of this survey will feed into the discussions we are currently running with the European Commission and the World Health Organisation in the framework of the European Innovation partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing on setting up a European Initiative to support age-friendly environments as one of the outcomes of the European Year 2012 on Active Ageing and intergenerational solidarity.As we find it very important to get a picture of the actual needs and expectations of actors on the ground regarding European support, we would really appreciate your help to disseminate this survey in your country. The deadline to answer is: 15 November 2012If you have any questions and remarks regarding this survey, please contact Julia Wadoux: julia.wadoux@age-platform.eu


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