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Overcoming the barriers that elderly face in their local environment
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Att övervinna de gränser som äldre står infor i sin närmiljö (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis project is to investigate the current situation of elderly life in Sweden with a primary focus on the city of Stockholm, regarding the housing situation and the local environment and how these can have an impact on the life quality of this population group. Accessibility towards housing and facilities that are required for everyday living, together with socialization where the two main themes studied. Background research on the current housing and service provision for the elderly was performed in order to get an estimate of the living conditions. This estimation was afterwards verified by questionnaire research combined with semi-structured interviews with twenty elderly residents from various areas of Stockholm. Another part of the research was a literature review on publications that have been presented in the past regarding age-friendly cities, active ageing and senior living in the public space which continues with a summary of policies and guidelines, followed internationally and locally. When combining the results from the literature review on the policies with the results from the questionnaires and the interviews it became apparent that a lot of the elderly needs are satisfied in the city of Stockholm, and generally they enjoy a good quality of life, with the current system of services for housing and socialization. The results also highlighted the problematic aspects such as the lack of information about the provided services, that make the elderly not able to consider changes that might be beneficial for them. The final goal is to provide some suggestions for designing future planning policies and their potential focus areas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Series
TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 19663
Keywords [en]
elderly, housing, public space
National Category
Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260960OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-260960DiVA, id: diva2:1356603
Subject / course
Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
Presentation
2019-09-11, Kupen, rum 206, Teknikringen 10a, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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