Involving socially excluded groups in age-friendly programs: The role of a spatial lens and co-production approaches

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Despite the identification of social inclusion as a key objective of age-friendly policies and programs, there is limited research evidence as to either the extent to which this has been achieved or how it might be realized. Gaps remain in our understanding of how age-friendly programs might involve different groups of older people and the possible barriers that might be encountered. This paper seeks to address this gap by drawing on evidence from the Ambition for Aging program in Greater Manchester, UK, which implemented a range of projects designed to tackle social isolation in later life. The paper argues that due to its co-production approach and spatial lens, Ambition for Aging was able to involve sections of the older population that otherwise might have remained excluded. In providing further insights relevant to age-friendly programs, the paper also considers some of the barriers experienced by the Ambition for Aging program and builds a case that taking a spatial justice perspective to age-friendly work may help identify and overcome obstacles to achieving social inclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-274
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022


  • ageing
  • age-friendly community
  • social exclusion
  • social inequality
  • older people
  • co-production
  • co-creation
  • ageing in place

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Cathie Marsh Institute


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