Health

Elderly care systems around the world

With quality of life improving and medical care advancing across the globe, the human population is ageing. This is an investigation into how elderly care systems differ on a country-by-country basis, with some more reliant on state support than others.
2019

Shared Housing Arrangements in Germany—An Equitable Alternative to Long Term Care Services beyond Homes and Institutions?

Germany has experienced a growing interest and investment in innovative models of aged care that can provide more choice and flexibility to beneficiaries, while reducing the need for costly institutionalization. One model that has gained special attention is shared housing arrangements, in which a limited number of six to eight people in need of care rent private rooms in ordinary apartment build
2018

The many costs of homelessness

Whether short or long-term, homelessness is one of the most severe forms of disadvantage and social exclusion that a person can experience
2018
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Ageing in the margins: expectations of and struggles for ‘a good place to grow old’ among low-income older Minnesotans

What constitutes a ‘good place to grow old’? This US study aimed to characterize salient features of built and social environments that are essential to support low-income ageing residents.
2018

A novel cohousing project for women and implications for loneliness

In the UK, some 14–17% of adults over 65 are lonely. Social isolation and the subjective experience of loneliness can increase the risk of poor health outcomes, including anxiety, depression, suicide, sleep problems and premature mortality. Cohousing is a form of grouped housing designed and managed by those who reside within it.
2018

Age-Friendly Communities Matter for Older People’s Well-Being

This Dutch study aims to identify relationships between age-friendly environments (in terms of social and physical neighborhood attributes) and older people’s overall well-being, as well as the underlying instrumental goals to achieve overall well-being.
2018

Where's the Map? Navigating Australia's Housing and Aged Care Systems

Old age is when a lifetime of inequality, compounded and multiplied from life event to life event, can be in its starkest relief. Some inequality comes in later in life, following adverse life events such as divorce or redundancy.
2018

Russia's elderly live rough lives, and the state offers almost no help, but officials say everything is about to change

Responding to widespread criticism of the government’s plan to raise the retirement age, Russia’s state-controlled media has been busy telling readers how important it is to live vigorously into old age. In reality, Russia is a particularly hard place to grow old. When judged on life expectancy and mental well-being, Russia falls to 86th place.
2018

Seniors’ quality of life on a shaky foundation

Maine’s population is now solidly the oldest in the nation, with the highest median age of 44.7 years. Maine is also the most rural state, with more than 60 percent of its residents living outside a metropolitan area. This article looks at the failure of government authorities to address the major health, transport & housing issues faced by its older population cohort.
2018
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