An age-friendly neighbourhood enables older people to do more in their community and live happy, safe and fulfilling lives.
The main aim of an age-friendly neighbourhood is to improve older peoples quality of life and to provide them with opportunities to become increasingly active members of their communities. ‘Age-Friendly’ is an idea developed by the World Health Organisation in 2007 because they recognised that the number of ‘older people’ was increasing, and more of them were living in cities than ever before.
There isn’t a fix set of criteria to meet in order to be an ‘age-friendly’ neighbourhood because the needs of one city might be very different from another. The concerns of the residents of Manchester are not the same as those of Maidenhead, Milan or Mogadishu. There are, however, eight aspects of an age-friendly neighbourhood that people should aim to improve based on local needs and opportunities (see the age-friendly flower below).
The key part of the age-friendly approach is that none of these aspects of an age-friendly neighbourhood can be improved in isolation. For example, it is no good having amazing community venues if the transport to get to them is poor, As a result, an age-friendly neighbourhood needs to be a collaboration between older people and the various organisations (housing associations, voluntary groups, police, healthcare providers etc.) who provide services for older people.
The Age-Friendly Burnage partnership brings together older people and local organisations can try and make a neighbourhood more age-friendly. This report summarises our approach and the key findings developed over the past 18 months as to what would make Burnage more age-friendly.