Is Your City Age-Friendly?
Take the World Health Organization's survey to see if your city is age-friendly.
Explore the topic of aging in America through in-depth stories, data and interactive content at governing.com/generations.
What features are essential for an age-friendly community? The World Health Organization studied 33 cities in 22 countries across the globe, and it published a checklist of the elements a city needs in order to be a place where residents can age comfortably. The full checklist appears below.
Outdoor spaces and buildings
Pavements are non-slip, are wide enough for wheelchairs and have dropped curbs to road level.
Respect and social inclusion
Civic participation and employment
Communication and information
Community and health services
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