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35 - The Best Place in the World to Grow Old

from Part IV - Caring For Your Soul

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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Best places in the world to grow old based on income, employment, health, education, and environment. In Sweden, health has improved in the older population over the last decades, so Sweden’s health care needs have decreased overall. Sweden has the largest health care workforce in the world serving citizens over 65. 94 % of people over 65 live at home! Elders receive in-home assistance when needed. Only 4% of all care—health care or home care-is paid for by patients themselves. Municipal fixers—people who can come and do chores to help reduce falls, such as change a lightbulb. They come to your home. Totally free. If your needs are high enough, someone can come in every two hours around the clock to help care for you—totally without cost to you. High satisfaction. No stigma around dementia. Swedish government develops list of drugs that older people should not be prescribed. Sweden has implemented community-based care and practical approaches to older adult safety.

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 239 - 242
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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