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Age-Friendly Built Environments: Opportunities for Local Government


With an increasing aging population, cities and towns in the country have to take into account the needs of elderly citizens. Providing these important members of society access to community resources is imperative for the prosperity and social welfare of their communities. A well thought out urban design plan at the local government level can allow senior citizens to remain active in their communities, both physically active and active participants in their local government. This report discusses the importance of including senior citizens in city design plans.

In this report you’ll find six fact sheets which cover a range of age-friendly built environment issues, which are relevant to local councils including case studies. Each fact sheet includes a list of initiatives local councils can use to support age-friendly built environments.While not exhaustive, the initiatives below are not random ideas.Many are grounded in research findings or have already been implemented by local councils. The list includes approaches that vary in nature. Some are short-term, while others are long term. Some initiatives are costly, while others are relatively inexpensive. Some are comprehensive and others more targeted.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Active Living, Aging, Community Design, Health Equity, Land Use, Physical Activity, Planning, Traffic Safety, Transportation Planning, Vulnerable Populations, Zoning


Institutional Author:

International City/County Management Association





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