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International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities

1st Edition

Edited by Kelly G. Fitzgerald, Francis G. Caro


286 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together recent scholarly work concerned with efforts around the world to transform cities so that they are more age-friendly. Common to all of the initiatives is recognition of the importance of the community environment for the well-being of the rapidly growing numbers of older people. The collection includes chapters that examine the circumstances in which communities currently undertake significant age-friendly initiatives, public-private collaboration in age-friendly initiatives, collaboration across institutional sectors in age-friendly initiatives, policies that facilitate age-friendly developments, and the bases upon which age-friendly initiatives should be evaluated. It will be of interest to scholars in various fields including urban planning, gerontology, transportation planning, environmental design, and adult education.

Table of Contents

Foreword: International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities John R. Beard and Lisa Warth. Acknowledgments. Introduction: International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities Kelly G. Fitzgerald and Francis G. Caro Part I: Case Studies: Cross-Cutting Themes. Europe. 1. Developing Age-Friendly Cities: Case Studies from Brussels and Manchester and Implications for Policy and Practice Tine Buffel, Paul McGarry, Chris Phillipson, Liesbeth De Donder, Sarah Dury, Nico De Witte, An-Sofie Smetcoren and Dominique Verté 2. Ireland’s Age Friendly Cities and Counties: The Development of a National Program Sinead Shannon and Hugh O’Connor. Asia. 3. From Age-Friendly Research to Age-Friendly City and Age-Friendly Regional Network: Case of Tuymazy and Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation Gulnara A. Minnigaleeva 4. Successful Aging in High-Density City State: A Review of Singapore’s Aging Policies and Urban Initiatives Keng Hua Chong, Zheng Jia, Debbie Loo and Mihye Cho. Canada. 5. Lessons Learned from a Canadian, Province-Wide Age-Friendly Initiative: The Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative Verena H. Menec, Sheila Novek, Dawn Veselyuk and Jennifer McArthur 6. Age-Friendly City in Quebec (Canada), or "Alone It Goes Faster, Together It Goes Further" Suzanne Garon, Mario Paris, Andréanne Laliberté, Anne Veil and Marie Beaulieu. United States 7. Portland, Oregon: A Case Study of Efforts to Become More Age Friendly Alan DeLaTorre and Margaret B. Neal 8. The Environment of Environmental Change: The Impact of City Realities on the Success of Age-Friendly Programs Allen Glicksman and Lauren Ring Part II: Special Topics 9. Commentary: Changing Practice and Policy to Move to Scale: A Framework for Age-Friendly Communities across the United States M. Scott Ball and Kathryn Lawler 10. Transforming the Way We Live Together: A Model to Move Communities from Policy to Implementation Laura Keyes, Deborah R. Phillips, Evelina Sterling, Tyrone Manegdeg, Maureen Kelly, Grace Trimble and Cheryl Mayerik 11. Making the Right Moves: Promoting Smart Growth and Active Aging in Communities Kathleen E Sykes and Kristen N. Robinson 12. Does the Village Model Help to Foster Age-Friendly Communities? Andrew E. Scharlach, Joan K. Davitt, Amanda J. Lehning, Emily A. Greenfield and Carrie L. Graham 13. Multigenerational Planning: Integrating the Needs of Elders and Children Mildred E. Warner and George C. Homsy 14. Age-Friendly Community Policy Innovation: Complete Streets Implementation in Louisiana, United States Billy Fields and Jason Tudor 15. Age-Friendly Cities and the WHO Checklist: Lessons from a Portuguese Survey Alexandra Lopes, Teresa Pinto and Rute Lemos. Appendix to Chapter 15: Age-Friendly Cities and the WHO Checklist: Lessons from a Portuguese Survey Alexandra Lopes, Teresa Pinto and Rute Lemos

About the Editors

Kelly G. Fitzgerald is a senior scientist and adjunct graduate faculty member at Western Kentucky University’s Center for Gerontology.

Francis G. Carois a professor emeritus of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the editor of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban