Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Demographics and the change of demographics and urbanisation are two of the major trends shaping the 21st century, as the World Health Organisation have told us, and to be able to keep healthy for longer, one is to keep active and physically active and two is to be able to participate in society. For those two things, urban mobility is critical. Hi, I’m Marta Fernandez. I’m the executive director of RMIT Europe, and myself and Professor Carey Curtis are very excited to introduce to you this course on inclusive mobility for an ageing population.
Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds What we’re going to cover in this course is to start by looking at the demographic changes that are occurring in our cities, as life expectancy over the last 50 years has increased by 20 years. It’s a huge success story. But we must make sure that we design our cities so that the impairments that people start to experience as they age don’t act as a barrier to them being able to be included in day-to-day life in cities. We’ll look at some key concepts, such as active ageing and ageing as a lifelong process. We’ll move on in week two to look at how urban planning and transport planning can facilitate quality of life for older people.
Skip to 1 minute and 30 seconds Also, some examples of cities across Europe and beyond that are implementing some very innovative solutions. Lastly, we will also be learning about frameworks and regulation and standards that can help us drive the change that is needed. So go ahead, press that button, and Carey and I will see you for the start of week one.