Manchester - the UK's first 'age-friendly' city
29 April 2014 Last updated at 08:02 BST
No public toilets, not enough benches - for many older people towns and cities have become no-go areas.
But with the number of over 65-year-olds expected to double in the next 30 years - how do you make places more accessible to older people?
Graham Satchell has been finding out in Manchester, the UK's first city to be recognised as age-friendly by the World Health Organisation.