This article tells about some of the characteristics of Finnish and Italian senior living solutions. Countries situate opposite side of the Europe, where already the weather conditions vary a lot, not even mentioning the differences in cultures. Still these two countries have common problems, which have very complicated nature. Both countries have for example big ratio of over 65 years old inhabitants and at the same time a lack of housing solutions between active working age and old age. Almost secretly people nowadays are experiencing so-called third age. The quality of life has changed during last century so that people lives longer, they are healthier and wealthier, and they have more free time. At the same time the social structures, for example families, are shaping differently than before. What we have standing steadily is our building stock. The majority of seniors in both countries live in regular apartments, where they are used to live years. These apartments do not offer them anymore a safe and comfortable place to live, because the apartments were originally designed for healthy working populations. This article emphasises some of the features of these two countries where future development is needed. Besides the physical environment, the mental and social environments need to take into notice when designing a better future living environments. The observations have been made during the autumn 2004 when the author has been as a visiting researcher in Instituto per le Technologie della Construzione in Rome. The ideas have come up in many conversations with Italian and Finnish colleagues and mixed happily in this article.
|Journal||Abitare e Anziani Informa|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|MoE publication type||D1 Article in a trade journal|