Health of the elderly | Eastern Mediterranean network of age-friendly cities

Eastern Mediterranean network of age-friendly cities

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Old man participating in an educational classWhat is an age-friendly city?

An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to, and inclusive of, older people with varying needs and capacities

Is an age-friendly city only elderly-friendly?

No, because active ageing is a lifelong process. An age-friendly city is not just “elderly-friendly”, other groups benefit too. An age-friendly city should comprise:

barrier-free buildings and streets enhance the mobility and independence of people with disabilities, young as well as old

secure neighbourhoods allow children and younger women, as well as older people, to venture outside in confidence to participate in physically-active leisure and social activities

community support and health services

the participation of older people in voluntary or paid work.

Related documents

Global age-friendly cities guide

Checklist of essential features of age-friendly cities 

WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities

The Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities [pdf 2.82kb]


Statistics and figures

In the Eastern Mediterranean Region it is projected that by 2025, older persons will make up nearly 8.7% of the population, and by 2050 nearly 15%, of the population.

Regional Health Observatory