An aging population is a global problem with some regional differences. In Sweden, Gotland, Norrbotten and Västernorrland are gegions which stands out with the largest proportion of elderly people.
"It is within Luleå University's area of excellence in research and innovation Attractive built environment that we will take on this challenge. This workshop will be the starting point for a project that will involve many disciplines ranging from architecture, construction, health, new technologies and IT," says Kristina Nilsson, Professor in Architecture at Luleå University of Technology.
EIC - Centre for Innovation and eHealth are Luleå University of Technolgy´s and Norrbotten County Council's joint research center that works to find new care smart solutions in eHealth.
"We have not yet solved the riddle of dementia but with smart new technology can measure the degree of confusion", says Per-Olof Egnell, Director at the Health Science at the University and director of the Center for Innovation and eHealth.
Architect Fredrik von Platen, former Deputy Director General and nowadays expert in construction issues of the SPF seniors gave presentations on how better housing for seniors can be realized. He showed examples of houses built by the Karlskrona Elderly Built Community, which was formed to increase the supply of affordable, senior suitable apartments complemented by communal facilities. Optional apartment standard and various forms of tenure sought.
"The residents will feel needed and involved in the building and no one should have to sit alone", said Fredrik von Platen.
"We hope to have many partners and stakeholders in this exciting project where the next step will be a feasibility study", says Thomas Olofsson, professor and scientific director of the Attractive built environment at Luleå University.