How do we design cities for the third age?

seniors-third-ageCatherine Carter is the ACT Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia and writes in this article that not all older people want a sea-change or tree-change and that we should be paying more attention to making our cities more age-friendly. However, the focus is still on the segregation model – retirement villages.  She says we should, “picture a retirement village, not on the edge of the city, but in the centre. Imagine that place has cafes and culture on the doorstep, as well as daily domestic, medical and nursing services on hand, front desk staff to screen visitors, a resident handyman on call when a light blows, and an IT expert to help with the troublesome WiFi. It’s easy to see why older people would love this lifestyle.”