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Urban Practices for an age-friendly City

The importance of the home and neighborhood environment to older people is well established, yet movements to address the changing needs and aspirations of our expanding older population have, to date, been slow. For designers, developers, and planners, an aging population requires new ways of thinking and practicing.

An aging society is one of the defining demographic shifts of the 21st century. Globally, the number of people aged 60 and over is projected to double to 2.1 billion people by 2050. In the UK, the proportion of people aged 65 and over will grow from 18% in 2018 up to 24% by 2043. While older people are more likely to live in rural locations, a rapid acceleration in the older population in urban areas will be a key feature of our cities over the next 20 years.

Improvements in life expectancy are cause for celebration, but it does mean that we must intensify our efforts to ensure that our homes and communities, both new and existing, are responsive to these societal changes. Research has shown that an aging population can generate significant economic, social, and cultural opportunities for cities, and that intergenerational neighborhoods benefit all members of the community.

Source:
https://www.housinglin.org.uk/_assets/Resources/Housing/OtherOrganisation/A-Design-For-Life-Urban-practices-for-an-age-friendly-city-eBook.pdf

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