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EnvisAGE is a journal edited by Age Cymru which explores issues affecting older people, stimulates discussion and shares good practice.
In this, our tenth issue of EnvisAGE, we look at active ageing in Wales.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines active ageing as maximising ‘opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age’.
Active ageing also describes the process of people realising their potential for physical, social, and mental well-being.
In this edition of EnvisAGE, we explore a range of the policy responses in Wales to the active ageing challenge.
We also showcase some of the practical responses that are being developed and delivered by Age Cymru and local Age Cymru partners.
This issue contains contributions from:
• Dr Ruth Hussey OBE - the Chief Medical Officer for Wales; 
• Lisa Turnbull - Senior Fellow, Welsh Institute for Health & Social Care, University of South Wales; 
• Glenn Little – Age Cymru’s Physical Activity Development Officer;
• Beverlea Reatugi - National Programme Director at the Older People’s Commission for Wales;  
• Stephen Mc Nair – Senior Research Fellow at NIACE; 
• Bob Laventure - Consultant on older people and physical activity to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University;
• Steve Williams – Deputy Chief Officer at Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn;

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.

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