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WHO Kobe launches set of core indicators for age-friendly cities

Wednesday 03 February 2016

A new publication from the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Measuring the age-friendliness of cities: a guide to using core indicators”, provides technical guidance on selecting and using core indicators for establishing baselines, setting targets, and monitoring and evaluating Age-friendly City initiatives. The guide is designed to enable comparisons, but also adaptations to various local contexts, depending on each one’s objectives.

This new WHO guide offers a framework and a set of core and supplementary indicators to inform the selection of a local indicator set to monitor and evaluate progress in improving the age-friendliness of urban environments.

The objectives of this Guide are:

  • To provide structured guidance on selecting indicators of the age-friendliness of a city.
  • To present a set of indicators which are suggested for use in measuring the age-friendliness of a city.
  • To support local efforts to develop relevant and appropriate indicators of the age-friendliness of a city.

The guide also includes references and additional resources, such as examples of local initiatives to develop indicators for measuring the age-friendliness of communities.

The guide was developed by the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, in collaboration with the WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course. It reflects inputs obtained through expert consultations, field surveys and pilot tests. The guide is intended for use not only by members of the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC), but also by other communities that are engaged in or interested in similar efforts.

The guide is available here in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.