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July 2015

New video on age-friendly cities

(9 July 2015)

The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research in Aging (MICRA) has launched a new short film which shoes how its research can make a difference to the lives of older generations in cities around the world.

The 15-minute documentary discusses a unique project in which older people, aged between 58 and 74 years old, were trained as co-researchers to look into the ‘age-friendliness’ of cities. The co-researchers, and sociologists from the Faculty, discovered social inclusion to be the secret to ageing well – while age-friendly transport and housing makes older people feel more a part of the urban neighbourhoods they live in.

The documentary also provides a snapshot of the lives of older people living in Whalley Range and Chorlton, in Manchester, which became the first UK city to be recognised as ‘age-friendly’ by the World Health Organisation in 2010.

Dr Tine Buffel, from the School of Social Sciences, who led the project, said: “Our older co-researchers were an essential part of the study because they were able to involve people who were particularly isolated in the community. Without this, the views of more socially-excluded people would not have been heard.

“The findings of this project have influenced the city’s community development work and shaped the city’s plans for developing age-friendly neighbourhoods. The project can now serve as a pilot scheme which can be adopted by other places with actions and strategies that have had a real impact on the age-friendliness of city neighbourhoods.”

Watch the full documentary below:


Read more about Tine’s work on age-friendly neighbourhoods.