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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Urban ageing

Understanding the relationship between population ageing and urban change has become a major issue for public policy, and an increasingly important area for interdisciplinary research.  An emerging theme is the creation of 'age-friendly cities and communities'. This approach, initiated by the World Health Organization, reflects the need to develop supportive urban communities for older people. Key aspects of an age-friendly community include the built environment, social inclusion and service provision.

Our research supports the promotion of age-friendly environments at global, EU, national and local level and has a particular focus on understanding issues relating to social exclusion and pressures facing older people in areas subject to economic decline.  MICRA supports this research through hosting the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG).