York has recently joined the UK network of Age Friendly communities and is working towards gaining age friendly status from the World Health Organisation.
The aim of the network is to help older people live healthy and active later lives and to ensure that they are happy and in good health living in their community.
Being Age Friendly means that older residents are encouraged to become active citizens, shaping the city by working alongside local groups, council and businesses to identify and make changes to the physical and social environment they live in.
In York, this will be done by working towards improving how older people can travel, where they go to, how they can choose spend their time, how they access information, their home and also, services for older people.
The York consultation is starting with “Your Journey” to gauge older people’s experience with walking and travel in the city. To have your voice heard, fill in the following form https://www.york.gov.uk/AgeFriendlyYork.
Need to check you are eligible? Fill this in if you:
-Live in York and are an older person or have an interest in ensuring the best experience for people growing old in York
-Work for an organisation that meets the interest of older people in York
-Are part of a volunteer group that engages with older people
-Are a carer or have a neighbour or relative that is an older person in York
If you would like paper copies please contact AgeFriendlyYork@york.gov.uk