Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 and more is increasing.

The World Health Organisation [WHO] recently published a report that defines the factors that result in age friendliness and then evaluates the main cities of the world.

According to WHO, an age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security to enhance quality of life as people age.

And an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

This is an interesting insight into the services and products that will increasingly be required as cities attempt to respond to the changing age demographics.

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