Quite few points made in the article worth remarking: 1) population is ageing, new needs arise but surprisingly (or not...) these "older people's needs" can be catered by what could be called 2) an improvement of the fabric of the city that will benefit all ages, and yet 3) age-friendly cities changes are frequently "micro changes" at local level, some of them relate to the "hardware" of urban fabric 4) like the physical accessibility of urban space, but also to the "software", 5) as the provision of services or, interestingly, 6) facilitating an alternative use of existing spaces, frequently private spaces, "borrowed" for public use.

I can add that making spaces more "attractive" and (socially) engaging should be another case for a "soft" approach. In my undergoing study of local Town Centres in Edinburgh, it's already emerging how the opportunities for social interaction, but also the commercial (offer) of the place, are highly valued by older people, in spite of the often perceived decline of the local high street.