Journal article

Combining the Digital, Social and Physical Layer to Create Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

Sonja Pedell, Ann Borda, Alen Keirnan, Nicole Aimers

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | MDPI | Published : 2021


This qualitative investigation makes suggestions about creating age-friendly cities for older adults focusing on three domains of the World Health Organization (WHO) age-friendly city framework namely "Communication and Information", "Outdoor Spaces and Buildings" and "Social Participation". The authors present two case studies, the first one focusing on older adults using activity wearables for health self-management in the neighborhood, and the second one focusing on older adults engaged in social prescribing activities in the community. The authors then reflect on the relationships of the domains and future opportunities for age-friendly cities. These case studies apply a co-design and ci..

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Funding Acknowledgements

For case study 1 Ann Borda received an Expert Visit grant in 2019 as part of the EPIC project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme (ICT) to explore advancing approaches to citizen science in health and medical research. The research of case study 2 was funded by Access, Health and Community, Melbourne Victoria and conducted in collaboration with Sonja Pedell and Alen Keirnan.