Age-friendly communities promote physical, social, mental and economic wellbeing for persons of all abilities, across the lifespan. Panelists will describe global research into the concept and community development practices that lead to the creation of age-friendly neighborhoods, towns and cities.
Age-friendly communities are places that promote physical, social, mental and economic wellbeing for persons of all abilities, across the entire lifespan. These communities are the result of a place-based, comprehensive community development approach that frames aging as a community, rather than individual reality. Multiple panelists will include scholars who are conducting research on the impact of environmental factors on aging persons and practitioners in the growing, global age-friendly cities movement, including WHO certified cities.Presentations will represent a broad cross-cultural sample of age-friendly community projects, ranging from rural to highly urban. The panels will address barriers and solutions germane to local and national contexts with the goal of contributing to a "best practice" framework for development. Methods for promoting citizen participation in community development, conducting participatory action research, and mobilizing populations for change will be discussed in the papers offered.