Urbanization is a reality that will affect up to 5 billion people by the year 2030, with many of these individuals aged 55 years and older, and many among them without access to adequate resources. Existing inequities must be addressed to ensure that existing resources can sustain the needs of these residents. It is essential that the global planning of healthcare systems, infrastructure, and housing align with the needs of ageing populations.
It is projected that by 2050, there will be twice as many people aged 60 than there are today. Sustaining the needs of the increasing older population will require innovation, technology, and collaboration across all sectors related to health and wellbeing, including living environments. This will ensure healthy ageing for all.
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is pleased to announce the Age-Friendly Environments Summit, an event designed to showcase the importance of the development and adaption of environments resilient to the needs of people at all stages of life, inclusive of older people, which will allow sustainable social and economic advancement for cities, communities, and the global community.
Date: 31 October 2020
Time: 9:00 to 4:00 PM
Hilton Niagara Falls
6361 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON
Admission Price: $70 USD with conference registration or $200 USD one day entry
The goal of this summit is to gather stakeholders with various interest and influence to contribute to this vital discussion on the importance of environment on health and wellbeing of ageing populations. Emphasizing the need to adapt the concept of Age-friendly environments to existing plans for infrastructure and development globally while ensuring that these adaptions meet the goals of ‘sustainable cities and communities’ outlined by the United Nations.
Environmental adaptions include but are not limited to the following areas outlined by the World Health Organization:
- Age-friendly housing features
- Examples of social participation that is inclusive to people of all ages
- Respect of people, regardless of age, and presence in social activities
- Civic participation of community members and opportunities for employments not dependent on age
- Communication and information materials that is accessible to everyone
- Community support and health services that cater to all members of the community
- Outdoor spaces and buildings that take into account the individual needs of citizens
- Transportation that accommodates those who may have specialized needs
The summit will include keynote speakers and an open forum of conversations with the purpose of informing policy and practice by showcasing exemplary plans of actions that have been successfully completed that encompass all eight areas of Age-friendly environments as outlined by the World Health Organization.