Special Issues

Special Issue #1 – “Feature Papers “Age-Friendly Cities & Communities: State of the Art and Future Perspectives””

For a full list and access to existing published papers in this special issue can be found here.

van Hoof, J., & Marston, H.R. (2021). Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: State of the Art and Future Perspectives. Editorial. IJERP; 18(4), 1644, https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041644.

Marston, H.R., & van Hoof, J. (2021). Age-friendly cities and communities of the 21st Century. Ageing Issues Blog, 9th February 2021.

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The number of older adults is increasing rapidly, and this demographic shift places an increased level of strain and tension on the various international healthcare and welfare systems. The vast majority of older adults wish to age in place, and many make use of long-term care services, including home care, rehabilitation services, and social support, as well as home modifications and technology. One way to support older people to live the life they wish to live is through the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities initiative, a world-wide programme launched in 2007 by the World Health Organization to make cities more tuned to the needs and requirements of older citizens. 

The primary focus of this Feature Paper Special Issue is to critically assess the state of the art in Age-Friendly Cities and Communities programme. Focusing on how much the programme has impacted on cities, while embracing its foundations, and what are the benefits of consortium member cities? Which gaps can be identified in the model and how should these gaps be addressed? Evaluations of local initiatives are needed in order to move the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities initiative and debate forward. The purpose of this Feature Paper Special Issue is to publish high-quality research papers including position papers and review articles addressing recent advances in age-friendly cities. There are eight domains of an age-friendly city, specifically Social participation; Communication and information; Civic participation and employment; Housing; Transportation; Community support and health services; Outdoor spaces and buildings; Respect and social inclusion. 

Special issue #2 – The Aging and Technology Special Collection

I would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming special collection Aging and Technology in the journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. The deadline is now closed.

For the aging population, technology is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the rapid pace of development and change can make it difficult for older adults to learn new technologies, while the world’s increasing use of and dependence on smart devices and digital technologies leaves those who struggle to adapt at a distinct, isolated disadvantage. On the other hand, technologies geared specifically towards an increasing, aging population contribute to increased comfort and dignity, the ability to live at home for longer, ease with managing health issues, and even longer life. This collection examines both aspects of the topic, welcoming manuscripts that address technologies designed for older adults (gerotechnology) as well as older adults’ relationship and struggles with advancing technologies. Both clinical and behavioral approaches will be considered.