Imagining age-friendly communities within communities

Imagining age-friendly communities within communities is a 7-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project that builds on the World Health Organization's 'Age-Friendly Communities' global initiative. Our conceptualization of promising practices in aging assumes that the 'add life to years', rejecting so-called apocalyptic notions of population aging.

Our attention to 'communities within communities' across 12 cities in Canada and around the world guides us to account for differences. Addressing critical knowledge gaps identified by WHO, we investigate how culture and gender matter in creating age-friendly cities. Our goal is to enhance the effectiveness of age-friendly practices in light of demographic shifts associated with both population aging and diversity.

The cities included in the project are: Toronto, Ottawa, Bergen, Halifax, Copenhagen, Yellowknife, Lethbridge, Victoria, Melbourne, Auckland, Montréal and Taipei.

Princpal Investigator is professor Tamara Daly 

Bodil H. Blix is involved in the research project as researcher.

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