Staying socially active can help you maintain good physical and emotional health as well as cognitive function. KS, the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities together with “Centre for an Age-Friendly Norway” has developed a booklet has developed a booklet titled “Active and Social at All Ages” universally designed and age-friendly outdoor areas and meeting places for the aging population. Norway has an aging population and a decreasing number of younger people. Too many seniors are not treated as the value they represent in society. As a result, many experience loneliness and inactivity, and Norway does not benefit from the fantastic experience that older people possess.

The current demographic trend affects most of society’s institutions, sectors, and markets, and will lead to change. The challenges and opportunities must be met across disciplines and sectors. The networks for age-friendly communities and universal design have worked together to compile knowledge about and examples of outdoor areas and meeting places. Norway’s municipalities have provided many great examples of how to plan and develop outdoor areas and meeting places with a focus on universal design and age-friendliness.

You can download the booklet here