This is a sequel to the last post “Age Unfriendly Cities”.
An Age Friendly City Centre would start from a different place. It would recognise that many older people have more disposable income and could be the big spenders of the Shirley Bassey years.
They would collect all the would be ” Miss Bassey’s ” in a chauffeur driven limousine directly from her front door. Or at least in an age friendly low step, slow stopping, conductor assisted, luxury seated senior citizen coach.
When she gets to the town centre, Miss Bassey’s first stop is at the senior accredited café, where all the ground floor and pavement front seat and tables are reserved for senior citizens and mothers, babies and very well behaved children. All other adults unaccompanied by a senior citizen must make their way upstairs. Children with attention deficit disorder have to play in the cage full of multi coloured plastic balls in the courtyard at the rear of the café.
The luxury toilets are spacious, staffed, clean as a whistle and perfumed with Chanel No 5, not disinfectant.
There is not time limit on how long you can stay in the café and drink refills are free. A meeter and greeter will introduce you to new friends if you have come alone and don’t want to sit on your own.
When you venture out to browse or buy something, you can ride free on the courtesy golf carts that will stop at any shop you like. All the age friendly shops have special easy to see illuminated signs to show they offer 10% discount to senior citizens. Mature shop assistants will also sit you down and explain things slowly, repeat things several times if necessary.
If you decide to buy something it can be delivered to the luxury coach pick up point or sent directly to your home.
If it is good enough for Shirley Bassey it’s good enough for me.