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Title: Emerging evolution trends of studies on age-friendly cities and communities : a scientometric review
Authors: Xiang, L 
Shen, GQP 
Tan, Y
Liu, X 
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Source: Ageing and society, Dec. 2021, v. 41, no. 12, p. 2814-2844
Abstract: Population ageing, together with urbanisation, has become one of the greatest challenges throughout the world in the 21st century. Approximately one million people turn 60 each month worldwide. By 2050, more than 20 per cent of the global population is predicted to be 60 years old or above. Thus, an increasing need is evident for age-friendly communities, services and structures. Numerous studies on age-friendly cities and communities (AFCCs) have been conducted over the past decade. The large volume literature makes it necessary to figure out key areas and the evolution trends of studies on AFCCs. Therefore, this paper aims to provide a comprehensive review of existing literature pertaining to AFCCs. A total of 231 collected publications are analysed and visualised by CiteSpace. According to the keywords and document co-citation networks that are generated, the foundation, hot topics and domains of AFCC research are grouped. Three major themes, namely the characteristics of AFCCs, the application of the World Health Organization's framework in urban and rural areas worldwide, and the measurement of cities’ and communities’ age-friendliness, are identified. In addition, a roadmap of AFCC research is developed. The results of this research will therefore benefit researchers and practitioners.
Keywords: Age-friendly city and community (AFCC)
Scientometric review
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Ageing and society 
ISSN: 0144-686X
EISSN: 1469-1779
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X20000562
Rights: This article has been published in a revised form in Ageing and society This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press.
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