A Policy Framework for Producing Age-Friendly Communities from the Perspective of Production of Space

Jianbo Han, Edwin H.W. Chan*, Esther Hiu Kwan Yung, QK Qian, Patrick T.I. Lam

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Given various hindrances in the macro context, how to efficiently develop age-friendly community policies requires further research. Currently, such kinds of frameworks are lacking. This paper aims to develop a policy framework to minimise cost and resolve conflict of interest between different generations in age-friendly community development. The study adopted a scientometric method to review the theoretical development of age-friendly community studies. Firstly, with a search for the keywords “age-friendly” and “community” on Web of Science, 72 English academic papers were found containing explicit theories. Most of the studies were conducted in the Global North. Then, a mixed analytical method was used to find a suitable theory, “the production of space”, to develop the policy framework. Lastly, a policy framework was developed to overcome barriers to age-friendly community development strategically. Echoing previous studies, this paper proposes a way to counter financial austerity in age-friendly initiative investment and balance the consideration for older and younger populations in urban development. For practice, the policy framework can provide a reference for more efficient age-friendly community policymaking in different regions. For future research, the framework provides a model for more empirical studies considering the social dynamics in age-friendly community development
Original languageEnglish
Article number2031
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • age-friendly community
  • urban planning
  • the production of space
  • scientometric analysis
  • theory review
  • policy study


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