As the drive towards creating age-friendly cities grows, this important book provides a comprehensive survey of theories and policies aimed at improving the quality of life of older people living in urban areas.
In this book, part of the Ageing in a Global Context series, leading international researchers critically assess the problems and the potential of designing age-friendly environments. The book considers the different ways in which cities are responding to population ageing, the different strategies for developing age-friendly communities, and the extent to which older people themselves can be involved in the co-production of age-friendly policies and practices.
The book includes a manifesto for the age-friendly movement, focused around tackling social inequality and promoting community empowerment.
"An invaluable resource for anybody interested in the global age-friendly movement and a clear and insightful agenda for future action." Alana Officer, responsible for the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
"Useful for second and third year undergraduates and especially in modules with international context and a focus on older citizens. A welcome addition to our curriculum." Paul Simpson, Edgehill University
Tine Buffel is a research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She has published extensively on age-friendly issues and the impact of urban change and community life in old age.
Sophie Handler is an urban researcher currently working together with the University of Manchester and Age-friendly Manchester to help develop its Age-friendly strategy. She is the author of the Alternative Age-friendly Handbook.
Chris Phillipson is Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has published a number of general books in the field of ageing as well as a number of papers on age-friendly issues.
Part One:Age-friendly cities and communities; background, theory and development
Introduction ~ Tine Buffel, Sophie Handler and Chris Phillipson;
The development of age-friendly cities and communities ~ Samuèle Rémillard-Boilard;
Neighbourhood change, social inequalities and age-friendly communities ~ Fleur Thomése,Tine Buffel and Chris Phillipson;
Addressing erasure, microfication and social change: age-friendly initiatives and environmental gerontology in the 21st century ~ Jessica A. Kelley, Dale Dannefer and Luma Issa Al Masarweh;
Part Two: Case studies from Europe, Asia and Australia;
Age and gentrification in Berlin: urban ageing policy and the experiences of disadvantaged older people ~ Meredith Dale, Josefine Heusinger and Birgit Wolter;
Towards an “active caring community” in Brussels ~ An-Sofie Smetcoren, Liesbeth De Donder, Daan Duppen, Nico De Witte, Olivia Vanmechelen and Dominique Verté;
Exploring the age-friendliness of Hong Kong: opportunities, initiatives and challenges in an ageing Asian city ~ David Phillips, Jean Woo, Francis Cheung, Moses Wong and Pui Hing Chau;
Creating an age-friendly county in Ireland: stakeholders' perspectives on implementation ~ Bernard McDonald, Thomas Scharf and Kieran Walsh;
Implementing age-friendly cities in Australia ~ Hal Kendig, Cathy Gong and Lisa Cannon;
Part Three: Age-friendly policies, urban design and a manifesto for change;
From representation to active ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the age-friendly city ~ Stefan White and Mark Hammond;
Alternative age-friendly initiatives: redefining age-friendly design ~ Sophie Handler;
Developing age-friendly policies for cities: strategies, challenges and reflections ~ Paul McGarry;
The age-friendly community: a test for inclusivity ~ Sheila Peace, Jeanne Katz, Caroline Holland and Rebecca L. Jones;
Age-friendly cities and communities: a manifesto for change ~ Tine Buffel, Sophie Handler and Chris Phillipson.