The number of people today aged 60 and over has doubled since 1980 and the number of people aged 80 years will almost quadruple to 395 million between now and 2050. It is clear that the global population is rapidly aging. However, in certain instances, not enough is being done to ensure that facilities and services are open and accessible to older people in their respective communities.
The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities aims to promote older people’s inclusion in and contribution to community life. An Age-friendly City or Community encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. Currently, the WHO network includes 210 cities and communities in 26 countries, covering over 88 million people worldwide. In this infographic, HomeCare Together provides an overview of Age-friendly Cities/Communities, from where they are around the world to what it actually means to be an ‘Age-friendly City or Community.