Dr Tine Buffel speaks at launch of the new Age Friendly Manchester Ageing Strategy
26 October 2017
The new AFM strategy launch took place on 4 October (coinciding with International Older People’s Day).
The event took place at the Manchester Art Gallery and was widely attended by public figures, councillors, policy makers and the Lord Mayor of Manchester. The Age Friendly Manchester programme is world renowned which is in large part due to its partnerships and collaborations. These of which include a unique relationship with the city’s universities, MICRA being very much a key player in this. MICRA Director Debbie Price states “The new strategy will be launched on the 4 October to coincide with International Older People’s Day.
AFMs visions will be supported and delivered by cultural organisations in Manchester, and its universities, including of course MICRA!” MICRAs Tine Buffel spoke at the launch, her presentation designed to highlight the role that Age-Friendly Manchester has played in contributing to world-leading research and innovation, new models of co-production and innovative partnerships for change. AFMs refreshed strategy identifies the key achievements and milestones since the strategy’s initial launch in 2009. Recognising that the city has experienced significant economic and demographic changes, it identifies the challenges facing an older population whilst celebrating the role of older people in Manchester in shaping their city. Tine Buffel points out that Manchester was the first UK city to join the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities which was formed in 2010.
The concept of age-friendly cities/communities was developed by WHO in 2007 and was part of a policy to develop supportive urban environments as a way of encouraging ‘active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age’. With research grants awarded to the AFM from funders including the European Research Council, ESRC, National Research Council Canada and Big Lottery Funding, AFM and MICRA research and innovation has led to publications and international recognition. With a continuous goal of translating research into policy and impact, the refreshed strategy introduces three key priorities for an Age-Friendly Manchester: to develop age friendly neighbourhoods, develop age friendly services and promote age equality.
MICRA looks forward to continuing to support AFM in the development and delivery of its key priorities through ongoing research and collaboration.