Making Cathays an age-friendly lifetime neighbourhood

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Similar to all industrialised and developing nations, the UK will see massive and unprecedented demographic changes in the early 21st Century. The need to plan for age friendly neighbourhoods has been acknowledged through the World Health Organisation and the Department for Communities & Local Governments, publications of ‘Age-friendly Cities’ (WHO, 2007) and ‘Towards Lifetime Neighbourhoods’ (DCLG, 2007).

Between 2006 and 2036 projections based upon ONS data have estimated that the number of people in the UK aged:

• 65 years and over is set to rise from 9.7 million to 17 million, an increase of 76%;
• 75 and over is expected to increase by 4.4 million or 95%;
• 85 and over is likely to rise by 2.3 million or 184%.
(CLG, 2008).
Housing Learning and Improvement Network [1]
The leading network for connecting people and promoting innovative new ideas that enhance the housing choices of older people. Our extensive learning resources pay attention to improving the delivery of
housing and related care and support services.
Webpage on Age-friendly communities and Lifetime Neighbourhoods links [2]
Communities and Local Government (2008) Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods: A National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society (London: Communities and Local Government)
Communities and Local Government (2011) 'Lifetime neighbourhoods'
Independent research report by the Centre for Housing Policy at York University on lifetime neighbourhoods [3]
Communities and Local Government (2011) 'Lifetime Neighbourhoods: Practice Examples - Summary Resource 246' 
This summary describes the key elements that make up a lifetime neighbourhood, and sets out how individual residents, communities, local government, practitioners, councillors, the voluntary sector and the 
private sector can become involved and contribute to the development of lifetime neighbourhoods. [4]
Age-friendly Southway - with links to an age-friendly pilot project - Old Moat & Withington - [5]