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Journal of Aging and Social Policy publishes A Manifesto for the Age-Friendly Movement: Developing a New Urban Agenda

17 April 2018

MICRAs Tine Buffel and Chris Phillipson co-author an article which sets out a “manifesto for the age-friendly movement”.

This article has been accepted and published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy and is aimed at raising the aspirations of what is now a worldwide movement; the development of age-friendly cities and communities. The areas covered in their manifesto are:

  • challenging social inequality
  • widening participation
  • coproducing and codesigning age-friendly communities
  • encouraging multisectorial and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • integrating research with policy

Their article concludes with a discussion on developing age-friendly work as a contribution to a new agenda for urban ageing. Tine Buffel and Chris Phillipson stress the importance of making older people themselves central to the creation and development of urban policies and age-friendly initiatives. They argue in the manifesto that there is an urgent need for more experimentation to test and learn from participatory and collaborative approaches involving older people in the coproduction of community space.

Read the article.

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