Age Friendly is an international movement in which cities and communities around the world are preparing for two major demographic trends: aging of populations and urbanization.
One million people worldwide turn 60 every month and United Nation estimates the number of persons aged 60+ will double from 600 million to 1.2 billion by 2025 and again, to 2 billion by 2050. Many of these older adults will continue to live in their homes and communities, but these environments have not always been designed to meet their needs.
In 2010, the City of Edmonton became a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. This network includes 258 Cities and Communities in 28 countries, along with 12 affiliated programmes. Creating an age-friendly city is one of the most effective policy approaches for responding to demographic aging.
As a member of this global network, Age Friendly Edmonton has access to resources, tools, expertise, and best practices from across the world.