WHO publishes age-friendly cities and communities guide


The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a guide on the age-friendly cities and communities (AFCC), providing information and suggestion for governments to develop and implement initiatives in their countries. The report highlights how physical and social environments are major influences on ageing, as well as noting that age-friendly environments enable people to continue to develop personally, be included, and contribute to their communities.

In addition, it includes suggestions for meaningful engagement of older people in creating age-friendly environments, providing detailed examples of existing national AFCC programmes and practical steps for creating or strengthening such a programme. The vision of the guide is for all countries to establish a national AFCC programme by the end of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021–2030). The guide is available to download at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240068698