The French government announced recently that they will be accrediting communes who take good care of their elderly.  The program entitled Bien Vieillir [ageing well] encourages the communes to do an assessment of programs in place for the elderly, develop an action plan for meeting the needs of the elderly in the future and evaluating progress, as reported in The Connexion.

This is a good example of implementation of the goals outlined by the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Environments Programme, an international effort to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthly ageing in societies.