Closing the generation gap might prove to be one of the greatest legacies of WHO’s age-friendly city initiative. “What we have tended to do in public health is to isolate people into target groups. It may have been well-meaning, but we now talk and think about maternal health, child health, old people’s health,” he says. “This artificial compartmentalization marginalizes older people. By making us think about how we all link to each other, regardless of our age, age-friendly cities show us a different, more connected, future.”
-John Beard, director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.