Quality of life for the elderly in the Nordic region
We are living longer and longer, and the proportion of elderly people in the Nordic region is on the increase. This project aimed to find out how we can create a stimulating and meaningful existence even in the later years.
Our work with improving quality of life for the elderly continues with our new project Active and healthy ageing in the Nordic region.
It is valuable for society that more people are living for longer, but it also brings major challenges. These involve social systems, as well as healthcare, welfare, housing and transport. The answer is to create communities which are good to age in; where we can still experience quality of life in the later years.
Many municipalities in the Nordic region are working ambitiously to create a better environment to age in. In this publication, we have investigated in greater depth the Nordic cities that have chosen to connect to the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
A better environment to age in – Working towards age-friendly cities in the Nordic region (Nordic Welfare Centre, 2018)
The publication has also been published in Swedish:
En bättre plats att åldras på – Arbete för åldersvänliga städer i Norden (Nordens välfärdscenter, 2018)
The project focused on the factors that are often mentioned when people talk about quality of life for the elderly – opportunities for physical exercise, good eating habits, social interaction and being needed. We examined how a number of municipalities in the Nordic region are working with these issues and how older people themselves are involved and have an influence.
We have chosen eleven Nordic cities that are in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities. These are Oslo, Trondheim, Esbjerg, Göteborg, Uppsala, Halstahammar, Stockholm, Gävle, Östersund, Tampere and Reykjavík. These age-friendly cities work on the basis of these themes for active and healthy ageing.
- Outdoor environments and buildings
- Social participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and voluntary activities
We also include Aarhus, which is not part of the WHO network, but which is working extensively, in collaboration with various actors, to create social interaction and counteract loneliness in all age groups.
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