Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, 6-7 April 2011

An activity of INTA's Community of Competences on Innovation in Services: Health  
The two-days roundtable have ended with the commitment to the creation of a mix unit on Health, Ageing, Handicap, Territory and Innovation, bringing together the Urban District of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Versaille Saint-Quentin and INTA.
This unit will allow a continuity of the reflexion launched by this roundtable in an international perspective of research-action.

Ageing of the population and massive urbanization are reshaping our societies. Increasingly we are aware of the need to design our built environment in more sustainable ways for the benefit of current and future generations so as to support the anticipated demographic changes as we approach 2030 when almost 30 percent of the population will be aged over 60.

Age friendly cities support active living, good health and social connectedness for all ages by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

 A holistic approach to planning for an ageing population through housing design, health and social services and transport will contribute to the mobility, participation, social inclusion and well being of people of all ages and abilities.

INTA, in collaboration with the City of St Quentin-en-Yvelines in the surroundings of Paris, is organizing a Roundtable to address these challenges from an interdisciplinary angle. Speakers from several backgrounds will highlight key aspects of population ageing that will impact on and reframe the way planners and designers create the built environment to promote age friendly environments. 

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Interesting links:

Video on Gerondicap
INTAStQuentinWatch the video produced by the Gérondicap Centre for Health and Social Cooperation (Centre de Coopération Sociale et Medico-social) in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines on the innovative functioning of the training centre where different services for elderly are provided in the same location. This centre is an asset for St Quentin-en-Yvelines, which is also the reason why they are organising this Roundtable to address the opportunities related to the Centre and the challenges to face the increasingly ageing population.

Global Age-friendly Cities by the World Health Association
WHO determined the features of age-friendly cities in eight domains of urban life: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support and health services. 

Download ‘Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide' published by the World Health Organization.

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