The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

One of the Hunter Ageing Alliance’s (HAA) proposed solutions is for our region to become a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly Community. WHO has produced a guide and established a global network, around eight areas that more than 800 cities and communities globally have addressed to better adapt their structures and services to the needs of older people. Below is a sample framework for the Hunter that HAA proposes be workshopped with relevant stakeholders.

Priority areasExamples of possible solutionsLead? Partners?
Outdoor spaces & buildings  Age-friendly environment
Exercise equipment for older people in public areas
Accessible footpaths and separate cycle paths
Parking for older people at community events/spaces
More trees for cooling
 
Housing  Appropriate retirement housing
Identify land close to city centres. Discuss with developers

Emergency housing for older women
Increase social housing
 
Social participationSocialisation places
Tai Chi, Exercise Groups
 
Respect & social inclusionRespectful, inclusive and consultative services 
Civic participation & employmentVolunteering options
Neighbourhood Watch system
 
Communication & informationPromote ageing literacy within the community
Resource Centre
HAA website
 
Community support & health services  Prevent and manage elder abuse
Funding for administrative support for:
HNECC Elder Abuse Collaborative
Reference Group on Potential Elder Abuse
Justice Health program for Hunter

Targeted health care
Person-centred system for dementia assessment & management
Multidisciplinary hubs for chronic disease management
Medical/nursing care in aged care facilities

End of life care
Estate planning and decision making
Supportive services
Humane dying