The World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities is focused on helping cities create urban environments that allow seniors to remain active and healthy participants in society. Key areas age-friendly cities must address to meet WHO standards include access to public transportation, appropriate housing, community support, and health services.
Cities and communities in the Network can be any size and are and located all over the world. According to Age-Friendly World, the network has more than 600 members in 38 countries, encompassing 190 million people.
Efforts to become more age-friendly take place within diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts. All members of the Network have the desire and commitment to create physical and social urban environments that promote healthy and active aging and a good quality of life for their older residents.
All cities participating in the Age-Friendly City Movement can be viewed on the WHO Global Network map.
The AARP also operates a Network of Age-Friendly Communities under the auspices of the WHO Global Network and based on its eight domains of livability, including outdoor spaces and public buildings, civic participation and employment, and respect and social inclusion.
Marin County Age-Friendly Cities
As of July 2018, five Marin cities have official WHO Age-Friendly status: Sausalito, Fairfax, Corte Madera, Novato, and San Rafael. Most other Marin jurisdictions are in the process of meeting the qualifications so that they can apply for the WHO designation.
A round-table discussion on Age Friendly community concepts with: Gordon Price, Lewis Villegas, Elaine Gallagher;
Moderator: Mark Forsythe