Future-proofing our environments for an ageing population

There is growing recognition that the ageing of Australia’s population will necessitate many urban policy and planning shifts. Creating age friendly environments is about future proofing our infrastructure. It is essential that it be done now to support the demographic changes presented by population ageing.

A more sensitised and holistic planning approach will contribute to the mobility, participation, social inclusion and well being of people of all ages and abilities. Meeting the health needs of Australia’s ageing population requires an acknowledgement of the relationship between the physical environment and healthy ageing strategies. Age-friendly built environments provide us with great opportunities to address several health issues relevant to many older people.

Accessible and welcoming environments encourage mobility, social interaction and inclusion.

The full paper presented by Dr Catherine E. Bridge, University of New South Wales and Anne-Marie Elias, Council of the Ageing – NSW,  Australia is available for download from the Urban Design Australia website.

The 6th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park from Monday the 9th to Wednesday 11th of September 2013.  The conference “UrbanAgiNation” urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities.

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