Are our cities ready for an ageing population?

What's it actually like to live in a city centre, over 60?

* Reporter Tim Scott and Producer Anna Youssef tell how one story led to another and inspired their special report

The number of people over the age of 60 is set to double by the year 2050.

But is the UK ready for an increasingly ageing population? Are resources and services such as housing stock and healthcare leaving us with age-proofed towns and cities?

Former nurse Elaine Horne say the positives of city centre living outweigh the negatives. Credit: ITV News

In Greater Manchester - the UK's first "age-friendly" city (as recognised by the World Health Organisation) - more than £1 million pounds of funding has been made available to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active.

An "Age-friendly strategy" looks to establish more cross generational volunteering projects, building a health and social care system that works for older people, and make sure the transport network is suited to a changing demographic.

Housing stock in Manchester city centre is often marketed towards younger people. Credit: ITV News