Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison

Political Lessons, Scientific Avenues, and Democratic Issues

  • Thibauld Moulaert
  • Suzanne Garon

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Thibauld Moulaert, Suzanne Garon
    Pages 1-16
  3. Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: From Ideas to Practices

  4. Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: One Model, Many Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Suzanne Garon, Anne Veil, Mario Paris, Samuèle Rémillard-Boilard
      Pages 99-120
    3. Grace M. Y. Chan, Vivian W. Q. Lou, Lisanne S. F. Ko
      Pages 121-151
    4. Lindsay Goldman, Shauneequa Owusu, Caitlyn Smith, Dana Martens, Meghan Lynch
      Pages 171-190
    5. Anne-Sophie Parent, Julia Wadoux
      Pages 247-255
  5. Challenges From and For Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-337

About this book


The supportive role of urban spaces in active aging is explored on a world scale in this unique resource, using the WHO’s Age-Friendly Cities and Community model. Case studies from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and elsewhere demonstrate how the model translates to fit diverse social, political, and economic realities across cultures and continents, ways age-friendly programs promote senior empowerment, and how their value can be effectively assessed. Age-friendly criteria for communities are defined and critiqued while extensive empirical data describe challenges as they affect elders globally and how environmental support can help meet them. These chapters offer age-friendly cities as a corrective to the overemphasis on the medical aspects of elders’ lives, and should inspire new research, practice, and public policy.

Included in the coverage:

  • A critical review of the WHO Age-Friendly Cities Methodology and its implementation.
  • Seniors’ perspectives on age-friendly communities.
  • The implementation of age-friendly cities in three districts of Argentina.
  • Age-friendly New York City: a case study.
  • Toward an age-friendly European Union.
  • Age-friendliness, childhood, and dementia: toward generationally intelligent environments.

With its balance of attention to universal and culture-specific concerns, Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison will be of particular interest to sociologists, gerontologists, and policymakers.


Given the rapid adoption of the age-friendly perspective, following its development by the World Health Organization, the critical assessment offered in this volume is especially welcome”.

Professor Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester


Axel Honneth's social, political, moral philosophy WHO Age-Friendly City program active aging aging and political empowerment aging and social roles healthy aging

Editors and affiliations

  • Thibauld Moulaert
    • 1
  • Suzanne Garon
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Catholique de LouvainSchool of Public Health, Université Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  2. 2.and Research Centre on AgingSchool of Social Work and Research Centre on AgingSherbrookeCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24029-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24031-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-585X
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