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The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement: A Critical Appraisal

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The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement

A Critical Appraisal

Edited by Philip B. Stafford

286 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-667-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78920-799-6 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (August 2020)

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“[this volume] provides an excellent critical appraisal of the challenges, successes, theoretical models and their practical applicability in the building of age-friendly communities. Importantly, this volume suggests that the Age-Friendly Movement must consider the needs of populations at large, or risks further segmentation and isolation of various age-groups…The authors invite us to move away from the individual and the local as the smallest unit of health, to take into account the complex social conditions affecting a globalized world.” • Anthropology & Aging

“In short, the strength of this book is that it reinforces and extends the current discussion of key, age-friendly issues, and brings attention to a new array of communities and their distinctive efforts. This book would be of interest to students, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and community leaders who want to broaden their view of developments in the movement to develop age-friendly communities. The loud message gained from this book is that assessing the needs of aging populations and designing age-friendly community responses require vastly different approaches and tools, depending on the community. At the same time, the book makes clear that such efforts are possible and that much can be learned from the experiences of these communities.” • The Gerontologist

“An important contribution to the literature… [it] attempts to broaden the theories of gerontology to consider the role of community and overcome the limitations of a purely medical model of aging.” • Laura M. Keyes, University of North Texas


The age-friendly community movement is a global phenomenon, currently growing with the support of the WHO and multiple international and national organizations in the field of aging. Drawing on an extensive collection of international case studies, this volume provides an introduction to the movement. The contributors – both researchers and practitioners – touch on a number of current tensions and issues in the movement and offer a wide-ranging set of recommendations for advancing age-friendly community development. The book concludes with a call for a radical transformation of a medical and lifestyle model of aging into a relational model of health and social/individual wellbeing.

Philip B. Stafford is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University in Bloomington, and was Director of the Indiana University Center on Aging and Community until 2017. His research, primarily ethnographic and participatory, has focused on aging and sense of place. He has received the Blackburn award from the Indiana chapter of the AIA for contributions to architecture by a non-architect and is a member of the board of the American Society on Aging.

Subject: Medical Anthropology Sociology


List of Illustrations and Figures
List of Tables

Introduction: Theorizing and Practicing Age-friendly Development
Philip B. Stafford


Chapter 1. Creating Age-friendly Communities in Urban Environments: Research Issues and Policy Recommendations
Tine Buffel and Chris Phillipson

Chapter 2. Training Advocates to Undertake Livable Community Initiatives: A Pilot Program
Sharon A. Baggett

Chapter 3. Public Places, Community, and the Physical and Mental Health of Children and Elders
Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

Chapter 4. The Intersection between Sustainable and Age-friendly Development
Alan DeLaTorre


Chapter 5. Accessibility, Participation, Networking: The Impact of a Local Network on the Environment and the Life Relationship of Older People
Birgit Wolter

Chapter 6. Assessing the Aging-Friendliness of Two New York City Neighborhoods: A Case Study
Mia R. Oberlink and Barbara S. Davis


Chapter 7. Communities for All Ages:  Reinforcing and Reimagining the Social Compact
Corita Brown and Nancy Henkin

Chapter 8. Ibasho Café: Giving Elders a Role to Play in Making Communities More Resilient
Emi Kiyota

Chapter 9. Youth and Older Persons as Agents for Change: Creating an Inclusive and Age-Friendly Society for All
Arthur Namara and Kristin Bodiford


Chapter 10. Retrofitting Small Towns: How Aging in Place Could Transform Rural America
Zachary Benedict

Chapter 11. Creating an Age-Friendly Community in a Depopulated Town in Japan: A Search for Resilient Ways to Cherish New Commons as Local Cultural Resources
Nanami Suzuki


Chapter 12. Relational Well-Being and Age-Friendly Cities
Marian Barnes


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