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Every second Thursday of the month, 19.30-21.00…and afterwards in the Cafe. Suggested donation £3.

‘WELL BEING AND AGEING IN THE CITY

Dr Stephanie Steels

The creation of age-friendly environments worldwide has been promoted by the World Health Organization as a strategy to address the challenges posed by the converging trends of urbanisation and population growth. This has resulted in an increased discussion of strategies and initiatives that ensure policies, services and products meet the needs of older persons.

Leeds along with other cities around the world has supported initiatives to promote ‘ageing well’ or ‘age friendly city’. However the question arises as to what is ‘ageing well’ and being ‘age friendly’? How do we measure ‘age friendliness’ in a way that makes sense, gives direction to what to do and allows comparison between those cities and countries aiming to make progress in this area?

Dr Stephanie Steels has been working in this area of comparative measures in relation to quality of life for some time. In her previous post, she worked with the World Health Organisation in a project to develop ways of measuring the age friendliness of cities both across countries and across cultures. This talk will consider how to measure ageing well in cities and the challenges and benefits of doing so.