July 17 Moses 17:45 - 18:45 | Wellbeing, Inclusion
Becoming Age-Friendly. Megacities Meeting the Demographic Changes
There is no way around the numbers: according to the World Health Organisation, in 2010-2050 the population of people aged over 65 will have increased by 2.5 times, and as soon as in a couple of decades the majority of the urban population will be older than 40. Population ageing has been typical for the developed countries but it is becoming a growing concern for the developing countries as well. The City of Moscow is becoming more and more engaged in dealing with this new reality: earlier this year the city has launched a program for leisure diversification for the elderly Muscovites – «Moskovskoye Dolgoletiye» (The Moscow Longevity). However, the potential challenges of the ageing population as well as potential benefits for the older citizens and the city are much more varied. Today it is time to start a public discussion and organize a learning exchange between the megacities.
- What is inclusive city as seen by the elderly population?
- What decisions are needed to provide adequate leisure, healthcare, urban planning and active engagement in the intellectual life for the elderly?
- Can new technologies help stimulate a more active lifestyle?
- How can we tackle ageism and age discrimination of the elderly?