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2009-09-07

the people's home

There comes a time in life when we no longer move about at warp speed and take corners on two wheels. Stockholm aims to be a good city for the elderly with a wide spectrum of services available and accessible when the pace and the priorities are different. Have we been successful? One day I may find out.

Dragonvägen, Upplands Väsby (map) 10 August 2009

6 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

I guess Stockholm fares very well even in this, much better than many other cities. But this is only an impression from what I have seen in other fields.

Steffe said...

I have a relative, she's in her nineties. She lives in an apartment at Östermalm. She's very happy there, the only problem is that there's no elevator in the building and she can't get the walker up the two stairs to where she lives. So she may have to move soon.

B SQUARED said...

Wish we were as concerned here.

Jacob said...

You betcha! And that day will come a hell of a lot sooner than you would wish!

I know where there is a pair of crutches!

Leif Hagen said...

Elsa seems to get around quite well! Getting "old" isn't for sissies!

Per Stromsjo said...

The expression "the People's Home" (folkhemmet) was a political slogan for the Swedish Labor Party when they successfully clung to power for decades following WWII.

Vogon Poet: Abstract things like "life quality" are subject to frequent studies but I can't see how anyone could objectively estimate a person's life quality...

Steffe: 90+ and no elevator, must be real tough. I hope she'll be able to settle down at ground level, eliminating at least one daily challenge.

B Squared: I guess it's fair to say that the individual assumes more responsibility for his or her own welfare in your country.

Jacob: Good to know where I can get a pair of crutches.

Leif Hagen: Well put!

Thanks all for aging a bit together with us.

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