Vol. 15 nº 3 - Jul/Aug/Set de 2021
Views & Reviews Páginas: 295 a 298

Age-friendly city: future perspectives for the Brazilian cities

Authors Patricia de Oliveira Lopes; Simone Rezende da Silva; Tathianni Cristini da Silva; Yara Dadalti Fragoso; Angelina Zanesco

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keywords: elderly, aging, World Health Organization, United Nations.

ABSTRACT:
The world population is aging fast and not all cities are prepared to cope with the needs of the elderly people. Cities need to develop strategies for senior citizens including the aspects of health, nutrition, consumer protection, housing, transportation, environment, social welfare, income, employment, safety, and education. The World Health Organization (WHO) created a program dedicated to older adults called the age-friendly city. This program is about creating the environment and opportunities that enable older people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. Most of the elderly population lives in urban spaces, and aging represents a challenge as well as opportunities to the cities all over the world. Recently, only 16 Brazilian cities have received the seal of international certification by meeting the requirements stipulated by the WHO. In the State of Sao Paulo, only two cities have been qualified for this seal. Therefore, the aims of this article are (a) to provide a brief history of this important initiative taken by the WHO and (b) to urge the decision-makers of Brazilian municipalities to develop effective initiatives for their cities to be prepared for this demographic modification.

 

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