About age-friendly cities
The Hague inspires its citizens to remain active and vital. It provides social support to combat loneliness and to promote social participation and a sense of community. The city works closely together with organizations and communities to keep neighbourhoods accessible and safe. The Hague Age-Friendly City Policy is targeted at senior citizens (over-65s) and is designed to encourage them to play their part in implementing the programme of the city’s governing coalition. That programme is based on three priorities:
- Improving vitality
- Reducing loneliness
- Encouraging and facilitating self-reliant living
The city addresses these issues and priorities by motivating and activating citizens and through cooperation with other organisations and enterprises. Citizens are encouraged to take the initiative and share responsibility for achieving the goals of the programme. With funds from the city and its partners, alliances are formed to meet the needs and wishes of senior citizens in The Hague.
The age-friendly city tailors its structures and services to the diverse needs and capacities of its older inhabitants. The World Health Organisation and The Hague have defined eight focal points that all play a part in improving city life:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
To what extent are facilities and buildings accessible for senior citizens? Are they accessible by wheelchair or rollator?
Are there adequate public transport facilities and are they affordable? To what extent are they accessible with a wheelchair or a rollator?
Does the city offer sufficient housing options for senior citizens and are they affordable? Is it easy to discover what options are available, for example in terms of making modifications to one’s home?
- Social participation
Are there sufficient activities in the city in which senior citizens can participate? How easily can the elderly make contact with other social groups?
- Civic participation and employment
Does the city offer sufficient opportunities for senior citizens to continue working longer as an employee or as a volunteer?
- Communication and information
Are senior citizens kept adequately informed and does the information provided reflect their needs and abilities? Are there, in addition to digital resources, physical locations where senior citizens can receive additional information, for example?
- Respect and social integration
Do public and private organizations have enough to offer senior citizens? How do the media cover the situation of senior citizens in The Hague?
- Community support and health services
Are the healthcare options in The Hague adequate and are they easy to find? Are good healthcare facilities affordable?
There is a lot that senior citizens are still able and willing to do and that, rather than their possible limitations, is what the city focuses on. A person’s ability to participate in society does not end because they are elderly. There is a lot that people can do to maintain their vitality. Throughout the year the city facilitates activities and awareness campaigns to promote that idea. One example is the annual ‘Month of Vitality’ which usually starts on the first Friday in October, the National Day of the Elderly.
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Want to know more about the age-friendly The Hague? Download our infographic, which covers our most recent research findings in all eight focus domains. Or download the brochure for more in-depth information. Still hungry for more? Check out our action programme and our success stories.Infographic Brochure