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Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide

Source: World Health Organization, 2007
An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities. To understand the characteristics of an age-friendly city, it is essential to go to the source – older city dwellers.

Cities and Ageing

Source: Global City Indicators Facility and Philips, September 2013
By 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more older people in the world than children under 14 years of age. By that same year, 70 percent of the world population will be urbanized. In this report, GCIF, in partnership with Philips, examine the implications of these two converging global demographic trends and the policy and planning challenges associated with “age friendly cities.”

Ageing and the City: Making Urban Spaces Work for Older People

Source: HelpAge International, 2016
This report draws on focus group discussions, expert opinions and network project experience to argue how our cities need to change to protect and promote the rights of older people living in urban environments. The report includes recommendations for governments, city authorities and other stakeholders and civil society actors. The report focuses on three areas – urban space, health and security.

Work, Family and Social Protection: Old-Age Income Security in Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam

Source: UNFPA and HelpAge East Asia/Pacific, 2016
This report provides a comparative investigation of the income security of older people in five Asian countries that have diverse contexts; namely, Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The report paints a picture of the multiple sources of income that contribute to income security in old age and how they interact. This has been done by mining existing survey data in each country to explore three key sources of income for older people: work, transfers from family and social protection.

Universal Old-Age and Disability Pensions: Timor-Leste

Source: International Labour Office, October 2016
Despite being one of the youngest and poorest countries of the region, Timor-Leste has offered a universal social pension to its senior citizens and persons with disabilities since 2008. Almost all persons above 60 years and about one in five persons with disabilities participate in the scheme. The pensions support the well-being of beneficiaries and contribute to reducing overall poverty.