Live longer Die faster

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

Life long learning – sharing knowledge “Open School”

Open workshops where you can practice your skills and show others

Small workshops in the centers of urban areas

Places for lingering

Urban meeting places

Providing channels for people to gather around a common cause

Physical rehabilitation

Psychological rehabilitation

…and social rehabilitation

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5 thoughts on “Live longer Die faster

  1. Hey there this is kind of of off topic but I was wanting to know if
    blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    • Hi Dianna, we use wordpress´ own editor. You can embed code generated by for example in our case “slide share” straight into the editor window. Works fine most of the time. Best of luck with your blog! Cheers -aitoa

  2. Hello Aito-san, I am a senior going towards 70. Immedeately as I saw your post this afternoon I got one positive idea: social rehabiliation. Then a second: celebrrration.
    I opened my 3 liter box of South African red wine. Now I sit with my best frriend Mustasch-Erkki in our usual place for lingering. The name is “Two Oceans”. That iss the name of South African about 2 liter winee wee meean – you seee. Where wee sit? You seee, we founded our own open workssshop where we can prractice our ssskills and ssshow others “Two Oceans!” Hurrrayy wee are prroviding channels – about 1 liter – for people to gather arround our fine common cause: “Two Oceansss”: Now, lessss than…

  3. To Frank David: Do you think you are funny Mr David?
    Aito is writing a serial of posts about a real problem, a global problem.
    My older brother died recently of alcoholism in a lonely place : he literally drank two oceans of red wine: And you think it is funny – eh?
    I am now 72 and invalid in both legs. I live in a small flat on the 3rd floor without an elevator. And that you think is very, very funny, Mister David

  4. My son who is 71 came today with your text. We need messages like yours about elderly people and traditional human ways. You are on the right camel track. This man David may be jewish: They are always joking about serious things. May you be protected from these clowns, Aito -san. Aleicum salaam

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