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Opole recognised as an Age-friendly city by WHO

It joins a prestigious group of 500+ members

  • January 20, 2020 11:00
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Source: Opole receives an age-friendly city certificate by WHO / Opole.pl

The Polish city of Opole has received an important international recognition: last week they were accepted into the Network of Age-Friendly cities of the World Health Organization (WHO), informed the local authority.

Experts from WHO have recognised a long list of senior-friendly practices in the Polish city that include:

  • the Opolski Senior Card;
  • the creation of the Information and Education Centre “Senior in Opole”;
  • a website, a newspaper and a telephone line dedicated to senior citizens;
  • the establishment of the Council of Elders of the City of Opole;
  • cultural activities and a programme dedicated to the elderly;
  • Third Age Universities;
  • a transport service for disabled people with mobility difficulties and more.

A network of age-friendly cities

In 2010, WHO created the International Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities which currently brings together 541 cities from 37 countries. The members share a similar approach to senior policy - they implement activities aimed at improving the quality of life of seniors. Membership in the network is, therefore, a way of appreciating cities and their work in the area of ​​senior policy and a means to promote the exchange of good practices improving the quality of life of seniors.

The city of Opole wants to bring to the network, above all, experience in working for an age-friendly city. “We are willing and ready to share our experience, not only in the implementation of infrastructure projects but also in those closest to the residents. We implement our own and co-financed projects. We are a city active in various areas and sectors. Our activities are directed to diverse age groups - from the youngest to the oldest”, reads the municipal website.

Elite senior-friendly club

Only five Polish cities have joined the network other than Opole: Gdynia (2015), Poznan (2016), Ostrów Wielkopolski (2016), Stargard (2018) and Wroclaw (2018), which is a testimony to the prestige of the network and the conscientious efforts that are required to get there.

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