Age-Friendly Ecosystems for Community Participation: A Rapid Realist Review

Judith Sixsmith (Lead / Corresponding author), Deborah Menezes, Marianne Cranwell, Isaac Chau, Mark Smith, Susan Levy, Pat Scrutton, Mei Lan Fang

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This project expands on the Intergenerational and Age-Friendly Living Ecosystem (AFLE) initiative led by Sixsmith, Fang and Hamilton-Pryde. The AFLE project, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, highlighted a need for clear definitions, context and guidelines for implementing an ecosystem approach to age-friendly design. In the current study, a Rapid Realist Review (RRR) was conducted to systematically search and synthesise existing knowledge on the application of ecosystem approaches in practice.

Key recommendations from the RRR include:

• Interconnectedness: working across sectoral boundaries, to promote community participation of older people.
• Inclusive Place-Making: making diversity visible and valued amongst olderpeople.
• Ageism: challenge ageist narratives at policy, community and individual level.
• Evaluation of Ecosystem Performance: develop success indicators for evaluation
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


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