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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Developing Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: Australian and UK Perspectives

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities project began in 2006 and now links over 200 cities across the world.

The impetus behind this development was the growth in older populations coupled with the importance of urban environments in determining the quality of daily life in old age. The WHO programme raises important questions for cities, for example:

  • how should they harness their rich cultural and social resources for the benefit of older people?
  • what is the best way of developing age-friendly infrastructures in areas such as transportation and housing? w
  • what are the options for encouraging participation and access to information?
  • how best to promote secure neighbourhoods?

This seminar will review these issues drawing on experiences from Australia and Manchester in the UK, with speakers providing a range of examples of policy initiatives influencing the lives of older people living in urban communities.

The seminar will also launch the publication of ‘A Research and Evaluation Framework for Age-Friendly Cities’, to be published by the UK Urban Ageing Consortium.

From MICRA and cities@Manchester

Wednesday 25 June 2014


  • Professor Hal Kendig (Australian National University)
  • Paul McGarry (Manchester City Council)
  • Dr Sophie Handler (Manchester City Council/University of Manchester)
  • Chair: Professor Chris Phillipson (Sociology and Social Gerontology, University of Manchester)