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How can the lived environment support healthy ageing? A spatial indicators framework for the assessment of age-friendly communities

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posted on 2021-01-18, 23:31 authored by M Davern, Rachel WintertonRachel Winterton, K Brasher, G Woolcock
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Guide was released by the World Health Organization over a decade ago with the aim of creating environments that support healthy ageing. The comprehensive framework includes the domains of outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community and health services. A major critique of the age-friendly community movement has argued for a more clearly defined scope of actions, the need to measure or quantify results and increase the connections to policy and funding levers. This paper provides a quantifiable spatial indicators framework to assess local lived environments according to each Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (AFC) domain. The selection of these AFC spatial indicators can be applied within local neighbourhoods, census tracts, suburbs, municipalities, or cities with minimal resource requirements other than applied spatial analysis, which addresses past critiques of the Age-Friendly Community movement. The framework has great potential for applications within local, national, and international policy and planning contexts in the future.


This research was supported by funding from the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub funded by the National Environmental Science Program.


Publication Date



International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health





Article Number

ARTN 7685


21p. (p. 1-21)





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