Developing Age-Friendly Cities: Case Studies From Brussels and Manchester and Implications for Policy and Practice

Tine Buffel, Paul McGarry, Chris Phillipson, Liesbeth De Donder, Sarah Dury, Nico De Witte, An Sofie Smetcoren, Dominique Verté

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Abstract

Developing environments responsive to the aspirations of older people has become a major concern for social and public policy. Policies and programs directed at achieving "age-friendly" communities are considered to require a wide range of interventions, including actions at the level of the social and physical environment. This article compares the age-friendly approaches of two European cities, Brussels and Manchester, with a particular focus on policies and initiatives that promote active aging in an urban context. The article examines, first, the demographic, social, and multicultural contexts of Brussels and Manchester; second, the way in which both cities became members of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities; third, similarities and differences in the age-friendly approaches and actions adopted by both cities; and fourth, opportunities and barriers to the implementation of age-friendly policies. The article concludes by discussing the key elements and resources needed to develop age-friendly cities. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-72
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Volume26
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • active aging
  • age-friendly cities
  • Brussels
  • Manchester
  • older people
  • urban development

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