Ageing in Cities
Launch of the OECD report in Manchester
Hosted by OECD and Manchester City Council
Friday 26 June 2015
14.00 – 16.30
Manchester Town Hall
The OECD report 'Ageing in Cities' outlines some key issues for cities in adapting to and building on the opportunities of ageing societies. Nine cities participated in this project as case study cities: Toyama (Japan), Yokohama (Japan), Lisbon (Portugal), Calgary (Canada), Brno (Czech Republic), Manchester (UK), Philadelphia (US), Helsinki (Finland) and Cologne (Germany).
The assessment in this report is underpinned by three principles:
• Ageing societies are not a 'problem' as such. Longevity is the result of socioeconomic development and can provide opportunities for growth, such as through technological development.
• Ageing societies are not simply societies of 'older people'. Cities, where older people live with a high quality of life, can be good places for any generation.
• Unlike other potential challenges which cities face, such as a financial crisis or natural disaster, ageing trends and their impact can be fairly predictable.
The report proposes six policy recommendations for cities.
• Develop a long-term vision for ageing societies.
• Develop indicators to measure ageing societies
• Promote health for all ages
• Increase older people’s engagement in the labour market and in social activities
• Provide affordable living in accessible environments
• Redesign the urban area to increase attractiveness and well-being
14.00 – 14.30 Opening remarks
• Welcome - Councillor Susan Cooley, Lead member for Age-friendly Manchester, Manchester City Council
• Presentation: OECD report on Sustainable Urban Development Policies in Ageing Societies - Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD
• Questions and answers
14.30 – 16.15 Discussion
Discussion session 1:
OECD report on Ageing in Cities – Implications for Manchester (45 minutes)
- Responding to the OECD report, what actions does Manchester need to take to overcome the challenges and make the best of the opportunities which ageing societies present?
o What lessons from other cities does the OECD report identify which might be relevant to Manchester?
o What are the lessons from Manchester’s experience which the OECD report suggests would be beneficial for other cities?
- Professor Chris Phillipson, Executive Director, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
- Setsuko Saya, Head of Division, Regional Policies for Sustainable Development, OECD
- Paul McGarry, Senior Strategy Manager, Age-friendly Manchester
- Professor Thomas Scharf, Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
Discussion session 2:
Opportunities for growth (60 minutes)
- How can cities move from a position of responding to the challenges of ageing societies to maximising the opportunities for growth?
o What are the major challenges for cities in ageing societies, and how have cities approached those issues?
o What are the opportunities for growth?
o What do cities need to put in place in terms of policy and practice?
o What is the role of the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society?
- Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD
- Katrina Hann, Head of Research, New Economy Manchester
- Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council
- Keith Thorpe OBE, Head of Urban Policy Support, Land and Development Directorate, Department for Communities and Local Government
16.15 – 16.30 Closing remarks
• Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD
• Tbc, Member, Age-friendly Manchester Older People’s Board
• Paul McGarry, Senior Strategy Manager, Age-friendly Manchester