Modifications in urban design and social policies make it possible to reduce and delay the progression of disabilities, prevent premature deaths, and ensure that a large number of older people actively participate in society and improve their quality of life, all of which leads to a decrease in the use of health and social services.
The World Health Organization (WHO) started a movement called the “Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities”.
Example of a friendly city.
Many Spanish cities participate in
this movement. Discover
Spain`s friendly cities:
Vertical urban mobility infrastructure as integrative elements for older people.
In this video, Juan José Pons Izquierdo, tenured professor at Universidad de Navarra, explains his research which focuses on the importance of vertical urban mobility infrastructure as integrative and inclusive elements for the elderly.
The possibility that older people can lead as active a life as possible from the perspective of their travel and urban mobility is fundamental; it is essential for their psychological well-being. The overall aim of this project is to conduct a study on the impact of vertical mobility infrastructure or VUMI (lifts, ramps, escalators, funicular railways and cable cars) in the everyday life of older people who live in neighbourhoods where mobility is especially complicated due to hills and slopes.