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27 Jun 2019

Ambition for Ageing on Granada Reports

What's it actually like to live in a city centre for over 60s? ITV Granda Reports spoke to residents of Victoria Square in Ancoats and Tung Sing, the UK's first purpose built housing for Chinese people over 60.


As part of a report looking at what it’s like for older people living in a city centre, Granada Reports spoke to Ged Reek, who joined the age-friendly partnership in North Manchester, which is funded by Ambition for Ageing. His ‘Age-Friendly DJ’ initiative became one of the first proposals to be funded. Ged lives in Victoria Square, accommodation a stones-throw from the city centre, and home to over 160 over-60s.


Reporter Tim Scott and Producer Anna Youssef consider what it’s like to be “older” and living in a city-centre, a place that’s usually associated with trendy flats full of upwardly mobile “young people”. They looked at how our cities could develop to accommodate older people given the number of over 60s is expected to double by 2050.


Granada also spoke to Mark Hammond from The Manchester School of Architecture - who deliver Ambition for Ageing in Moss Side and Hulme, Burnage and Moston and New Moston. He said that it’s not just these traditional development that are catering for older people. He says much of the new housing springing up around the city centre will suit them; most flats are built on a single storey and most have good lift-access.


Click here to watch the report online.