WHO hails coun­cil for sup­port for the elderly

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THE World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has wel­comed Sefton into its Global Net­work for Age­friendly Cities and Com­mu­ni­ties.

This mile­stone has been achieved thanks to the col­lab­o­ra­tive work of Sefton Coun­cil and Sefton’s Older Per­sons’ Fo­rums.

The WHO Global Net­work for Age-friendly Cities and Com­mu­ni­ties was estab­lished to foster the ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence and mu­tual learn­ing be­tween cities and com­mu­ni­ties world­wide.

Sefton’s ad­mis­sion into the net­work is a re­sult of its ded­i­ca­tion to pro­mot­ing healthy and ac­tive age­ing and a good qual­ity of life for its older res­i­dents.

As a mem­ber, the bor­ough will be part of a grow­ing global move­ment of com­mu­ni­ties, cities and other sub-na­tional lev­els of government that are striv­ing to bet­ter meet the needs of their older res­i­dents.

By join­ing the Net­work, Sefton com­mits to shar­ing and pro­mot­ing the val­ues and prin­ci­ples cen­tral to the WHO Age-friendly ap­proach, im­ple­ment­ing the four steps to cre­ate age-friendly lo­cal en­vi­ron­ments, and ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Net­work in­clud­ing the shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences with other mem­bers.

Cllr Paul Cum­mins, Sefton Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care, said: “Ear­lier this year, Sefton joined the UK Age Friendly Net­work and I am now de­lighted to also join a global net­work of cities and com­mu­ni­ties that are ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­ments that sup­port our older res­i­dents.

“In Sefton, 27% of our res­i­dents are aged over 60 so it is ex­tremely im­por­tant that we con­tinue to sup­port our age­ing pop­u­la­tion with ini­tia­tives that help them to live the lives that they want to live.”

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has wel­comed Sefton into its Global Net­work for Age-friendly Cities and Com­mu­ni­ties.

Cllr Paul Cum­mins, Sefton Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care

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