Part one – The Era of the Elderly
In Finland we place our elders, to a larger extent than elsewhere in the world, in heavy institutions for care, care that can last for up to ten years. Institutional living that surpasses the EU recommendations is more of a rule than an exception. To tackle this, we have to harness architecture to make our cities liveable for the elderly.
Making our environments elderly friendly: with close-by daily services, small scale living areas and environments that act towards social interaction can save the country Finland approximately 1,2 billion euros a year.
Demographic change will make us face a new paradigm shift that could change our societies infrastructure dramatically. We will have to focus on small scale, close-by environments and services together with proactive and excellent rehabilitation for our elders to be able to cope at home with age.
Presentation from Seminar at Rakennusfooruumi “The Elderly, a strenght for society” 6.11.2012 (part 1.) in Finnish: link
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