Communities are incorporating the age-friendly vision to create supportive physical environments with outdoor spaces and buildings designed to enhance independence, physical well-being and quality of life. They are creating and improving spaces to foster social interaction while conducting daily activities in spaces that are welcoming, safe and accessible for those with special needs, such as the use of walkers, wheelchairs or pedestrian scooter. Examples include: well-maintained and safe sidewalks and crossings, paths, parks and walking trails as well as accessible washrooms and buildings with ramps and automatic doors.
Design for the young and you exclude the old;
Design for the old and you include the young.
(Bernard Isaacs, Founding Director of the Birmingham Centre for Applied Gerontology)