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Kevin Berry, Age-friendly Champion, Isle of Wight

Age-friendly Communities

We want more people to live in age-friendly communities.

An Age-friendly Community enables people of all backgrounds to actively participate, and treats everyone with respect, regardless of age.

What is an age-friendly community?

An Age-friendly Community is a place where people of all ages are able to live healthy and active later lives. These places make it possible for people to continue to stay in their homes, participate in the activities that they value, and contribute to their communities, for as long as possible.

The Age-friendly Communities Framework was developed by the World Health Organisation, in consultation with older people. It is built on the evidence of what supports healthy and active ageing in a place.

In these communities, older residents are engaged in shaping the place that they live. This involves local groups, councils, businesses and residents all working together to identify and make changes in both the physical and social environments, for example transport, outdoor spaces, volunteering and employment, leisure and community services.

Through the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities, the Centre for Ageing Better works to connect communities that share our ambition of becoming more age-friendly.

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We've gathered some examples and resources from Age-friendly Communities in response to COVID-19.

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Becoming an Age-friendly Community is an ongoing process. It’s about taking the decision to make improvements at whatever pace you can.

The UK Network of Age-friendly Communities is made up of cities, towns and counties working together to share learning and examples of age-friendly practices.

An introduction to the eight World Health Organisation (WHO) domains which make an Age-friendly Community.

Age-friendly Communities case studies


Age-friendly case study: Sefton’s older people at the heart of partnership working

Sefton, a borough within the Liverpool City Region, is working progressively with members of its neighbourhoods to help make the area more age-friendly.

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Age-friendly case study: Improving services for older customers

How Age UK Isle of Wight developed training to help service providers become more age-friendly.

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Age-friendly case study: Shared Tables – Older people eating out together

Shared Tables, a project developed in the Crossgates area of Leeds, invites older people living alone to enjoy a meal together at a local restaurant.

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Age-friendly case study: Take a seat campaign

Nottingham’s Take a seat campaign aims to tackle issues of social isolation one seat at a time.