Title: Assessment of the age friendly city indicators in Mashhad focusing on urban managers and the elderly

Authors: Leila Johari; Omid Ali Kharazmi; Seyed Hadi Zarghani

Addresses: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Azadi Square, Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran ' Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Azadi Square, Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran ' Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Azadi Square, Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to investigate the age friendly city indicators in Mashhad by using World Health Organization standards and specialised researches done in line with age-friendly city parameters. A quantitative research method was used and 427 questionnaires distributed among two groups of people, urban managers and elderlies. Results show that there is a large gap between the two groups. All the indices are lower than the standards from the perspective of old people and none of them have reached to score of 4 or 5 (Maximum Desirability), while managers believe that they have had the maximum performance and Mashhad is in a suitable and ideal status. As a whole, in the study area, region 10 has had a better condition in line with age-friendly city indicators than regions 1 and 6 except social respect and cultural recreational parameters. Solutions to improve the overall status of Mashhad are presented.

Keywords: age-friendly city; Mashhad; Iran.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2021.10041371

International Journal of Sustainable Society, 2021 Vol.13 No.3, pp.184 - 202

Accepted: 11 Jun 2021
Published online: 08 Oct 2021 *

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