The population ageing is a global trend. Neighbourhood planning and housing design can support the general wellbeing and independence of older people who live at home at old age or with disabilities. The aim of the study was to explore the design features enhancing social and physical activities of older persons. The participation of older residents was emphasized through mixed methods: workshops, observational walking tours, interviews and questionnaires. The result show that walking friendly environment, mixed land use and green areas promote ageing in place. A comprehensive design of the built environment that does not exclude older people is needed.