Activating an ageing city
Older people are a large group and the state of older people affects the economy and development of cities. In a state of parallel development of ageing and urbanisation, on the one hand, cities need to plan infrastructure for the elderly. On the other hand, there is a need to improve elderly care and healthcare services for the elderly. This will lead to a shortage of labour and an increased burden on cities in terms of medical and pension costs. In my opinion, such measures cannot completely solve the problem of ageing and there is a possibility that ageing will become more serious.
Some cities have welfare health measures, but no infrastructure for older people in the space. Or, both are available but do not provide effective assistance to them and, at the same time, waste the city’s resources. Therefore, the root causes of ageing should be addressed with an active ageing response that engages older people in cities where they can still learn and participate socially throughout their lives.
A friendly community for the elderly, promoting the re-employment of the elderly, reducing socio-economic pressure and providing a strong labour pool for sustained and stable economic growth. To meet the social needs of the elderly community, to reduce their sense of isolation in the urbanisation process and to build a friendly social network.
Garden spaces can be improved to have a soothing effect on the body, mind and perception of older people. It enables older people to feel safe, both in terms of being protected and not in terms of being tied down. The possibility of all types of accidents should also be fully considered and the necessary design measures taken to reduce the chances of accidents in older people’s activities, while allowing for increased socialisation in the elderly community.
Photo credits:Elderly Community Garden – Bing images
Older people can use their skills and experience as volunteers to help others in the community. Being active in clubs and groups can increase socialisation and keep active, getting older people out of the house. Older people can act as mentors to younger people in the community, either through formal mentoring programmes or by volunteering their time and sharing their knowledge and experience. Also, participate in community events, often concerts, festivals and fairs, and attending these events can be a fun way to enjoy the community.
Overall, there are many ways for older people to get involved in their city and community. By staying active and involved, seniors can continue to lead fulfilling lives and have a positive impact on their communities.
Reference:Wang Fuyin; Helping the Elderly Community Services Positioning, problems and countermeasures[J]. Social Sciences. 2004 (06)
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