A Manifesto for the age-friendly movement: Developing a new urban agenda

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Developing ‘Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (AFCC)’ has become a key part of policies aimed at improving the quality of life of older people in urban areas. The World Health Organization has been especially important in driving the ‘Age-Friendly’ agenda, notably through its Global Network of AFCC. Despite the expansion and achievements of the Network, challenges remain in responding to the growth of inequality and the impact of economic austerity on aging policies. Against the background of these limitations, this paper sets out a ‘Manifesto for the age-friendly movement’ aimed at raising the aspirations of what is now a world-wide movement. The areas covered in the Manifesto are: challenging social inequality; widening participation; co-producing and co-designing age-friendly communities; encouraging multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary collaboration; and integrating research with policy. The paper concludes with a discussion on developing age-friendly work as a contribution to a new agenda for urban aging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-192
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
Early online date24 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018


  • Age-friendly communities
  • social exclusion
  • urban development
  • urban aging
  • Co-production

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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