Age Platform Europe and the University of Deusto together in the presentation of the Guide for the implementation of the Project Age-friendly Cities

As part of its strategy to foster a more inclusive society for people of all ages, the Social Action Department of the Provincial Council of Biscay, together with the Biscay Older People Council, organised on the 30th September the 28th Social Welfare Meeting: Topaketa Bizkaia - A Territory for All, with the aim of helping to help transform Biscay into a territory for all, by generating and fostering the optimum conditions for active and healthy ageing.

Within the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, dedicated to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide committed to promote healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for their older residents, the University of Deusto has led a project in one municipality of Biscay, Durango, to become an age-friendly city. At the age-friendly assessment stage, interviews were conducted with four groups of older people (balanced by age and gender), carers of dependent people, healthcare and social services experts, urban planning experts, actors of public transport services, social networks, volunteering associations and local traders associations.

The outcome of this project, the Guide for the implementation of the Project Age-friendly Cities, was presented during the session by Pedro Fernández de Larrinoa, who is member of the Ageing Deusto Research Team and the Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Ageing and Wellbeing.

In this line of work, Julia Wadoux, from Age Platform Europe, partner of the University of Deusto in the Covenant on Demographic Change, shared the eight domains, highlighted by the World Health Organization Global Age-friendly Cities Guide, cities and communities can address to better adapt their structures and services to the needs of older people: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services.


30 septiembre 2016