Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies in supportive and enabling living environments.
WHO launched the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2011, recognizing the growing importance of the need to create community environments that are supportive of healthy ageing.
Many cities and communities around the world are now taking the initiative to make such positive changes, either as part of WHO’s global initiative or even independently.