by Chris Kennedy
Executive Director, Institute for Age-Friendly Housing
The tipping point has been reached - the age range of our planet's population has turned upside down in the past 100 years. Today more than 15% of global population is over 65 years of age. As life expectancy lengthens, we will continue to be an aging planet. (Read more ...)
3. Outdoor Spaces& Buildings
4. Communication & Information
5. Social Participation
6. Respect & Social Inclusion
7. Civic Participation& Employment
8. Community Support& Health Services
WHO then created the Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities to connect cities, communities and organizations worldwide with the common vision. Over the past four years, the network has mushroomed from 33 cities to over 210 cities & communities in 26 countries -- including New York City, Manchester, UK, Hong Kong and Dublin, Ireland. Los Altos/Los Altos Hills is one of only two cities in California who have joined the global network; San Francisco is now in the process of applying for membership.
Membership in the Global Network is not a certification of age-friendliness. Joining the Network is simply a commitment for a city/community to look "through the lens of the 8 domains." It is a continuous process improvement plan -- designed by the community and shared with WHO -- allowing us to re-think our values, services and planning to consider all-ages.