SPOTLIGHT ON AGE-FRIENDLY CITIES AT IFA'S GLOBAL CONFERENCE

28 July 2008
Montreal (Canada) - Established in 2006, the Age-Friendly Cities project will be a highlight of this year's IFA Global Conference and Expo Ageing & Design in Montréal, an Icograda endorsed event. This initiative stems from the Policy Framework on Active Ageing (2002) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the commitment of many governments and NGOs.
Montreal (Canada) - Established in 2006, the Age-Friendly Cities project will be a highlight of this year's IFA Global Conference and Expo Ageing & Design in Montréal, an Icograda endorsed event. This initiative stems from the Policy Framework on Active Ageing (2002) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the commitment of many governments and NGOs. Today, it includes some 40 cities internationally.

In addition to a meeting on 4 September of officials from cities such as Istanbul, London, Montréal, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro and others, during the Conference some 15 symposia will be addressing the specific issues that city officials must contend with in relation to the impact that an aging population has on city planning at all levels.

In fact, the accelerated aging of the population in the coming years will have a direct impact on the organisation of living environments. Cities and communities in every region of the world will be directly affected by this trend. And, several of them have already begun to adapt their services and infrastructure to better ensure the health, safety and quality of life of seniors.

Seven Québec cities are joining this project, making the province an inspiring scene for the Age-Friendly Cities meeting and the IFA Conference. City managers, city planners and other local government officials will find in this year's IFA Conference an opportunity to move forward on this issue.

City officials who would like more information should contact:

Dr. Jane Barratt
IFA Secretary General
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For more information, contact:

Ageing Design Montréal
4398, Boul. St-Laurent, Suite 302
Montréal, Québec, H2W 1Z5
Canada
T: +1 514 387 8859
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