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Greensleeves Care Chief Executive begins work on New Global Standard

Work has begun on a new international standard framework for smart multigenerational neighbourhoods (ISO 25553). It is the latest in a series of ISO standards aimed at enhancing the quality of life for older people, and we are inviting practitioners to get involved.

November 3rd, at NatWest HQ in London, we aim to establish a shared understanding of what success looks like; made possible by a process of multi-stakeholder engagement, collective dialogue and co-creation. According to project lead Ian Spero,  founder of the Agile Ageing Alliance and an Honorary Professor at the UCL Bartlett School for Sustainable Construction:

“Healthy ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. This involves promoting “smarter”, more inclusive, green, and healthier urban regeneration.”

“In scoping out ISO 25553, we aim to change the way we think and operationalise healthy ageing in the places we want to be. Where putting people and the planet’s needs as a priority will translate into homes and shared public spaces that are more accessible and enabling, adapting to different stages of life and ever-changing human requirements.”

The United Nations sees population ageing as one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century and has declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Paul Newman, who is the Founding Chair of the National Committee on Ageing Societies at the British Standard Institution (BSI) and Chief Executive of Greensleeves Care, representing the UK at ISO, said:

“At the ISO committee on Ageing Societies, we identified the need for more multigenerational neighbourhoods as a priority. Central to this agenda is ISO 25553, a new standard framework, relating to the design, creation, operation and maintenance of mixed tenure ‘Lifetime Neighbourhoods that Care’. Where young and old, disabled and able, can co-exist in well-designed technologically enabled housing, to help facilitate independent living and enhanced wellbeing.

I am excited that the UK is steering this ground-breaking initiative, and thank Ian for his leadership of this important programme of work”.

By pooling research, expertise and insights, we can mitigate risk, achieve economies of scale and translate theory into quantifiable reality.

If you are interested in participating in development of this standard, register your interest to attend the November 3rd AAA ISO Leaders Forum via this link. For further information contact

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