Despite the identification of social inclusion as a key objective of age-friendly policies and programmes, there is limited research evidence as to either the extent to which this has been achieved or how it might be realised. Gaps remain in our understanding of how age-friendly programmes might involve different groups of older people and the possible barriers that might be encountered.
A new paper, 'Involving Socially Excluded Groups in Age-Friendly Programs: The Role of a Spatial Lens and Co-Production Approaches' by Sophie Yarker and Tine Buffel, seeks to address this gap by drawing on evidence from Ambition for Ageing, which implemented a range of projects designed to tackle social isolation in later life.
The paper argues that due to its co-production approach and spatial lens, Ambition for Ageing was able to involve sections of the older population that otherwise might have remained excluded. In providing further insights relevant to age-friendly programmes, the paper also considers some of the barriers experienced by the Ambition for Ageing program and builds a case that taking a spatial justice perspective to age-friendly work may help identify and overcome obstacles to achieving social inclusion.