EnvisAGE is a discussion journal edited by Age Cymru which explores issues affecting older people. In this, our eleventh edition, we look at the concept of age friendly Wales.
We have invited experts from across the UK to contribute articles about different elements that help create an age friendly community - transport, housing and the built environment.
Dr Alan Hatton-Yeo, of Volunteering Matters Cymru, gives an overview of the age friendly movement and the development of age friendly work in Europe, the UK and Wales.
Professor Judith Phillips, Deputy Principal and Professor of Gerontology at Stirling University illustrates the features of the environment that have acted as barriers to older people’s mobility and participation in the urban environment.
For his piece, Dr Charles Musselwhite, of the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University, emphasises how any development of age friendly communities must have age friendly transport at its heart.
Catherine Boswell and Janet Beauchamp of Cardiff Metropolitan University explore various housing options for older people. Their piece highlights potential issues around loneliness and isolation among older people.
The final article by Paul McGarry turns the spotlight on the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, which is taking a significant step forward in its approach to population ageing.