Christchurch has an ageing population and the proportion of older people will continue to rise over the next two decades. Ageing is associated with an increasing loss of ability to carry out normal activities of daily living. Improvements in health care, lifestyle, education, and nutrition have slowed the functional decline so those entering their 80s are less impaired than in the past and are increasing in numbers. Ensuring our city is explicitly designed to be age-friendly will contribute to an increased ability of elderly to participate in society.
Read the full issue summary on age and dementia friendly cities [PDF] - updated September 2016.