New research: What factors make ‘age-friendly environments’ effective?

A new study, published in the journal Systematic Reviews, conducted by researchers at the University of Liverpool and Newcastle University has identified the most effective initiatives for promoting respect and social inclusion for older people living in the community.

  • Researchers from the Universities of Liverpool and Newcastle systematically reviewed 25 years’ worth of international research papers, to identify the range of initiatives promoting respect and social inclusion evaluated to date.
  • The focus of the review was on initiatives that target community-residing older people (aged 60+ years). Information from both quantitative and qualitative studies published in English was compared across studies.
  • It was found that music and singing, intergenerational initiatives, art and culture, and multi-activity interventions (e.g. health promotion) promoted the wellbeing, subjective health, quality of life, and physical and mental health of older people. Qualitative studies suggested that these initiatives benefited older people’s health in a variety of ways, such as by making them feel valued and fostering meaningful relationships with others.
  • We hope that these findings will support local public health practitioners, policy makers, charities, and researchers to carry out and evaluate initiatives promoting respect and social inclusion that are likely to improve older people’s health and wellbeing.

Click here for a short summary of the study.

Click here for the full paper.

For further details about the study please get in touch with Sara Ronzi: