The UK department for local government has published a guide to Lifetime Neighbourhoods. It draws on the work in the WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities information, but presents it in a easy to follow format. Local neighbourhoods have an important role in keeping people well and independent as we grow older. It is closely associated with the concept of home and a sense of security. The key components of a lifetime neighbourhood are listed as:
• supporting residents to develop lifetime neighbourhoods – especially resident empowerment
• services and amenities
• built and natural environments
• social networks/well-being
This is a comprehensive document aimed at local government, but also good information for urban designers and planners.