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How Age-Friendly Are Cities? Measuring Age-Frendliness with a Composite Index

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Year of publication 2017
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Description The chapter introduces the Age Friendly City Index as a way of measuring the age-friendliness of urban environments. The proposed index assesses the dimensions of outdoor spaces and transportation as they are perceived and evaluated by older people, residents of the fourteen biggest towns in the Czech Republic. The dimensions and items included in the index are constructed upon the theoretical framework proposed by the World Health Organisation Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. Correlation coefficients show that the index is connected to other indicators of quality of life. Validation of the results of the index is based on experimental open-ended question analysis. The resulting categories confirm the importance of greenery and aesthetics for the age-friendly concept, and confirm the rankings of cities obtained via the composite index. In addition, comparison with similar measures tested in Canada and Hong Kong are discussed, and the necessity of backing up index measures with policy analysis and general structural support is argued for.
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