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Age friendly places

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The Age friendly places guide is a tool to support local dialogue in communities about the importance of age friendly places and gives suggestions for how we can make our communities a great place to grow older.

Download the Age Friendly Places guide

Find out how we can make our communities a great place to grow older.


What is an age-friendly place?

Age friendly places are communities where age is not a barrier to living well and where the environment, activities and services support and enable older people to:

  • have opportunities to enjoy life and feel well
  • participate in society and be valued for their contribution
  • have enough money to live well
  • feel safe, comfortable and secure at home
  • access quality health and care.

Why do we need age-friendly places?

Living longer presents huge opportunities to create vibrant and resilient communities where older people can develop their interests and aspirations.

As we grow older, we often spend more time in our homes and communities, so our immediate environment has a significant impact on our health, wellbeing and the quality of our lives. Age friendly places are essential for our ageing population.

There is a growing recognition that too many of our communities are significantly underprepared to manage the challenges and unlock the potential of our ageing population.

In a significantly challenging financial context for local government, service providers and the communities they serve, there is a real need to work together to remove the barriers older people face to participating in their communities.


Who is the guide for?

This guide is a tool to support local dialogue in communities – with older people, decision makers and other key stakeholders – about the importance of age friendly places.

It suggests five themes which local communities will need to address to unlock the potential of their ageing population, and showcases examples of successful local initiatives to make an area a better place to grow older.

Download the Age Friendly Places guide

Find out how we can make our communities a great place to grow older.


Further reading

For more information:
Call Age UK on 0800 169 8787

Last updated: Aug 15 2017

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