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Let's talk about... ageing well

Older person

In May 2015, Southwark became one of the World Health Organisation's global network of "age-friendly" cities.

We are starting a community conversation to find out how age friendly we are, what can be done to improve the experience of being older in the borough and discuss the issues that impact on living well in Southwark.

We want to hear about the experience of all older people so the action plan we put together reflects the wide diversity of experience of the people who live and work in Southwark.

We want everyone - whatever your age - to take part, as we believe a borough that is friendly to older people has benefits for everyone.

Tell us how you think we can help people age well.

Becoming age-friendly is not just about what the council can do, but how together we can create a place which supports people to live well and lead full and active lives. Individuals, businesses, employers and service providers, including transport and health, have a key role to play in making Southwark a good place to grow up and get older.

More about age-friendly cities

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says an age-friendly community as one where "policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to support and enable older people to 'age actively', that is, to live in security, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society".

The WHO say there are eight essential features of an age-friendly city:

  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services
  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation

We have already made a start on becoming more age-friendly through our work on being dementia-friendly and the New Southwark Plan and Housing Strategy. Join our community conversation so we can make Southwark a place where everyone can live well.

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