WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. Dr. Charles PETITOT Technical Officer Ageing and Life Course Programme. Ageing is the success of the 20 th century and the challenge of the 21st. A growing global city. Population 2000 2025 2050 (in billion).
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Dr. Charles PETITOT
Ageing and Life Course Programme
Total 6.0 7.8 8.9
developed countries 1.2 1.2 1.2
developed countries 4.7 6.6 7.8
60+ 0.6 1.2 2.0
developed countries 0.2 0.3 0.3
developed countries 0.4 0.9 1.7An ageing world, especially in developing countries
the share of older persons living in urban areas will be 16 times greaterMore older people in cities in the developing world
Healthy older persons are a resource
for their families,
their communities and the economy.”
WHO Brasilia Declaration on Ageing,
Growth and development
Maintaining highest possible level of function
Maintaining independence and preventing disability
Rehabilitation and ensuring the quality of life
AgeActive Ageing is a life-long process
Range of function
Source:Kalache and Kickbusch, 1997
Argentina, La Plata
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
Canada, Portage La Prairie
Canada, Sherbrooke QB
Costa Rica, San Jose
Jamaica, Montego Bay
Mexico, Mexico City
Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Puerto Rico, Ponce
BC Ministry of Health
What aspects of the city are "age-friendly"?
What are the barriers and problems?
How can the city become more age-friendly?
"As your faculties begin to fade, this kind of thing appears to cause more in terms of stress" (Halifax, Canada)
"The doorman is really nice, he looks after 4 people in my building" (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
"People would notice if you weren't at mass"
(Dundalk, Ireland)"We are not going out in the evenings. I don't go anywhere… They might kill you" (Tuymazy, Russia)