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Three items to help us gather some thoughts around the growth in the number of elderly persons occurring now in North America. How will the built environment affect the cognition and emotional life of seniors?
The isolation of aging in an auto-oriented place
No place to grow old. How Canadian suburbs can become age-friendly
irrp.org (26-page .pdf)
What helps Minnesota seniors age in place?
U researcher has some clues. It’s the little things
like benches and safe crosswalks
Who will buy Baby Boomers’ homes?
Want to stop your brain from getting old?
Live in a walkable neighbourhood
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Let’s see if we have this straight. A social security benefit program accidentally pays too much to a group of senior citizens for a stretch of time. Sociology and psychology types race in to study the seniors. What’d they find? Less dementia.
Senior citizens study: how money makes for better brain functioning
NPR ONE audio 3:14
image: Gianni Dominici
” …car-centric suburban neighbourhoods with multi-level homes and scarce sidewalks are a poor match for people who can’t climb stairs or drive a car.”
Here’s a feature that profiles a boomer-age man in a subdivision dating from what appears to date to the 1970s through 1990s. Like millions of other people in the United States and Canada his mind is turning to the latter stages of life when such things as income and mobility go into decline as health and social services needs go up. Such a great turning is bound to influence our communities in every possible way. Some thought and planning has gone into this realigning of things but we get the feeling it isn’t yet enough. This item does a very nice job of setting out the basic proposition with a brace of statistics and writerly turns of phrase. Recommended reading.
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A foot in the door: for aging renters, housing costs far from fixed. Renters in Canada’s ‘wealthiest generation’ more vulnerable than home-owning peers thetyee.com – part four of a strong series on housing
Food bank use by university students is the subject of this item from the University of Toronto publication The Varsity. Being a post secondary student isn’t cheap and there’s always been a low rent element in student life. But this recent data indicates a higher level of sacrifice and difficulty is now attached to getting further education than was the case in the past.