This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering age-friendly cities.Jump to full report >>
By 2050, 89% of the UK's population will live in cities and 24% will be aged over 65. Older people participate in society in many ways and are estimated to contribute between £40bn and £61bn a year to the UK economy. As the number of older people living in cities increases, there is growing recognition that cities need to become 'age-friendly' to help people remain independent and active as they age, and improve the quality of life and health of older people.
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Authors: Caroline Kenny; Joanna Hale
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