Age-friendly communities

An age-friendly community is a place where you can stay connected, healthy, active and respected, whatever your age.

The global Age-Friendly Cities Project was started in 2006 by the World Health Organization.

There are now many countries taking part with hundreds of cities and communities involved.

They were asked to focus on supporting healthy ageing in their communities, and included research to find out what was currently done to support older people.

Eight key areas where communities can become more age-friendly were identified:

  1. outdoor spaces and buildings
  2. transportation
  3. housing
  4. social participation
  5. respect and social inclusion
  6. civic participation and employment
  7. communication and information
  8. community support and health services
The benefits of age friendliness include:
  • making it easy for people to stay connected with each other
  • helping people stay active and healthy
  • supporting people who are no longer able to take care of themselves live with dignity and enjoyment
  • treating everyone with respect

Our work on promoting age-friendly

The Office for Seniors is promoting age-friendly communities with a focus on what will work in New Zealand.

We are working with three pilot communities, Kāpiti, New Plymouth and Hamilton.

Find out more about how to set up an age-friendly initiatives.

Towards an age friendly New Zealand

Cities and communities in New Zealand are looking at ways to create an age-friendly environment

  • Hamilton
  • Palmerston North
  • New Plymouth
  • Kāpiti Coast
  • Tauranga

Around the world there are many examples of cities, states and countries working to become age friendly. Some examples include:

  • Victoria (Australia)
  • New York City
  • Canada