In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) started the global age-friendly movement, an initiative to create livable communities that are inviting and accessible for people of all ages— especially older adults.
As part of the age-friendly movement in the U.S., age-friendly cities, states and communities implement programs and infrastructure features that help older adults thrive and remain socially active as they age.
In age-friendly communities, employers practice workplace equality and value older workers. Meanwhile, hospitals and health care systems are designed to meet the specific needs of older adults and their caregivers. Age-friendly communities offer other elements to enhance the lives of older adults as well, providing support systems for physical and mental health as they age.