Ageing and place: Exploring how cities shape older people lives

Our lives are shaped by where we live. In cities, social and political power dynamics often combine to create geographies of exclusion. Rapid urban population ageing demands an understanding of the ways in which older age intersects with other factors to marginalise older people in the cities where they live.

In 2019, HelpAge International conducted research with 1,310 older residents of Nairobi, Delhi and Mexico City to explore their experiences of different aspects of urban life, such as transportation and crime, and the social outcomes of these, such as loneliness and isolation. Their responses provided rich testimony of the ways in which the place we grow old in impacts on our experience of life. They illustrate, in particular, importance of place, mobility and inequality.