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IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2473: The Challenges of Urban Ageing: Making Cities Age-Friendly in Europe

05 Nov 2018

IJERPH, Vol. 15, Pages 2473: The Challenges of Urban Ageing: Making Cities Age-Friendly in Europe

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph15112473

Authors:
Joost van Hoof
Jan K. Kazak
Jolanta M. Perek-Białas
Sebastiaan T. M. Peek

Urban ageing is an emerging domain that deals with the population of older people living in cities. The ageing of society is a positive yet challenging phenomenon, as population ageing and urbanisation are the culmination of successful human development. One could argue whether the city environment is an ideal place for people to grow old and live at an old age compared to rural areas. This viewpoint article explores and describes the challenges that are encountered when making cities age-friendly in Europe. Such challenges include the creation of inclusive neighbourhoods and the implementation of technology for ageing-in-place. Examples from projects in two age-friendly cities in The Netherlands (The Hague) and Poland (Cracow) are shown to illustrate the potential of making cities more tuned to the needs of older people and identify important challenges for the next couple of years. Overall, the global ageing of urban populations calls for more age-friendly approaches to be implemented in our cities. It is a challenge to prepare for these developments in such a way that both current and future generations of older people can benefit from age-friendly strategies.

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