Old age and prosperity are closely related
I expect everyone to benefit from a just pension system by then: a system that doesn’t pit young against old, but instead creates social equality and eliminates old-age poverty.
I will simply look at my age as a number, because I doubt very much that my zest for life will diminish in any way. On the contrary, I look forward to growing old in the company of my family.
I would love to be able to look back on these politically turbulent times and think: We warded everything off very well. My worry is that we won’t be able to say that.
Over the next 50 years, we will experience a technological and social revolution such as last occurred between 1870 and 1920. Our generation can’t even imagine what life will be like when we are old.
She had no plans to retire at 65. Instead, she set up a food bank in 1994 to distribute meals to the needy
No mellowing with age: The philosopher was arrested in 1961 for a sit-in—at the age of 89
She discovered her talent late in life. She didn’t begin to paint until household chores became too hard for her at the age of 75
A passionate pianist who still thrilled his fans with new recordings at the age of 98
Whereas elderly drivers in Spain can only renew their license after passing a medical, Germans have rejected such checks. By contrast, some states in the USA allow even 14-yearolds to drive a car, if accompanied by their parents.
3 questions for
Good architecture is integrative, promotes social inclusion, and creates spaces that have sensual qualities and that can be effectively used by everybody, no matter what their age. Short paths and easily accessible surroundings enable even people with impaired mobility to move about on their own.
They combine the various facilities that are available in a person’s immediate neighborhood: cafés and shops as well as
infrastructure such as adult daycare centers and kindergartens— all of them embedded within a neighborly environment. Community initiatives, neighborhood networks, and shared households enable residents to give as well as to receive.
This can be done in the planning phase by developing models
that make it easier to network urban planners, architects, building societies, and healthcare providers with one another, and in the implementation phase by using appropriate operating
and administrative concepts.
is an Austrian architect and author of the book
35 percent of the people over 45 in Germany can imagine serving as childminders for other people’s children