Age-Friendly City Movement

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 are of different sizes and are located in different parts of the world. According to Age-Friendly World, the network has more than 200 members in 26 countries covering 88 million people, with hundreds more cities and communities enrolled in age-friendly city initiatives through the Network’s 10 affiliated programs.

Efforts to become more age-friendly take place within very 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 in the WHO Global Network map

Marin County Age Friendly Cities

As of July 2015, three Marin cities have official WHO Age Friendly status–Sausalito, Fairfax and Corte Madera. Most all of the other cities and towns of Marin 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