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Age Friendly Communities Model

The Age Friendly Communities Model was developed by the World Health Organisation in 2007 after working with groups in 33 cities who were asked to identify advantages and barriers they experience in eight areas of city living including community and health services. The Model encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance people's quality of life. In practical terms, an age friendly city/community adapts its structures and services to be accessible and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

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Theory in practice

  • The Canadian Government has adapted the WHO model into the Age Friendly Rural and Remote Communities model to address unique challenges experienced by those outside urban centres (Canadian Government, 2007).
  • In 2009, the Municipal Association of Victoria commissioned a review into the use of the model across 13 regional councils in Victoria. Council officers and members of the community reported the WHO Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities was highly effective when used as an educative tool but not when used as an interview tool and audit guide (Municipal Association of Victoria , 2009).

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Last updated: 7 August 2012