1 godz. 19 min

Aging with purpose – designing inclusive, age-friendly cities „Mamy zielone pojęcie”

    • Nauka

In this episode of the "Mamy Zielone Pojęcie" podcast by Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, host Jowita Chojcan speaks with Professor Joost van Hoof and Professor Jan Kazak about creating age-friendly cities. Professor van Hoof, a full professor of urban aging at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and Professor Kazak, leader of the research group Sustainable Cities and Regions, share their insights on urban planning for older adults.The conversation highlights the importance of designing cities that cater to the needs of older citizens, emphasizing the necessity for multi-sectoral collaboration. Professor van Hoof notes that making cities age-friendly benefits all generations, not just the elderly, by improving accessibility and services. Professor Kazak discusses Poland's efforts to promote age-friendly cities through partnerships with local authorities and NGOs.They touch on the changing demographics and the shifting definition of "old age," stressing the need for policies that adapt to the evolving characteristics of older populations. Examples from The Hague and Wrocław illustrate practical implementations, such as accessible public transport and well-distributed green spaces, that enhance urban living for older adults.The discussion also covers the concept of universal design, which seeks to create environments that are usable by all people, regardless of age or ability. Both professors advocate for mixed-use developments that encourage intergenerational living, promoting social interaction and support networks.The episode concludes with reflections on the role of new technologies and the importance of having a sense of purpose in later life. Professor van Hoof emphasizes the need for financial independence and social connections, while Professor Kazak encourages older adults to engage with available city resources to improve their quality of life.

In this episode of the "Mamy Zielone Pojęcie" podcast by Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, host Jowita Chojcan speaks with Professor Joost van Hoof and Professor Jan Kazak about creating age-friendly cities. Professor van Hoof, a full professor of urban aging at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and Professor Kazak, leader of the research group Sustainable Cities and Regions, share their insights on urban planning for older adults.The conversation highlights the importance of designing cities that cater to the needs of older citizens, emphasizing the necessity for multi-sectoral collaboration. Professor van Hoof notes that making cities age-friendly benefits all generations, not just the elderly, by improving accessibility and services. Professor Kazak discusses Poland's efforts to promote age-friendly cities through partnerships with local authorities and NGOs.They touch on the changing demographics and the shifting definition of "old age," stressing the need for policies that adapt to the evolving characteristics of older populations. Examples from The Hague and Wrocław illustrate practical implementations, such as accessible public transport and well-distributed green spaces, that enhance urban living for older adults.The discussion also covers the concept of universal design, which seeks to create environments that are usable by all people, regardless of age or ability. Both professors advocate for mixed-use developments that encourage intergenerational living, promoting social interaction and support networks.The episode concludes with reflections on the role of new technologies and the importance of having a sense of purpose in later life. Professor van Hoof emphasizes the need for financial independence and social connections, while Professor Kazak encourages older adults to engage with available city resources to improve their quality of life.

1 godz. 19 min

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