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Age-Smart Cities

In this video (published in February 2013) IBM presents their view for an “Age-Smart City”: As usual, the perspective about ageing is pretty narrow. However, the video can be a good starting point for a discussion and brings some interesting examples.

Cultural Tips: The Greatest

“Once I wanted to be the greatest No wind or waterfall could stall me And then came the rush of the flood The stars at night turned deep to dust” Artist: Cat Power Director & Editor: Adam Hall Cinematography: Ryan Samul Women’s Bowling League, Salt Lake City, Utah

World Population Ageing 2015

Source: UNDESA
Source: UNDESA

The United Nations Department of Economic  and Social Affairs recently published an interesting infochart about the World Population Ageing, reflecting the latest estimates and projections from the 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects.

Virtually every country in the world will experience growth in the number and share of older persons in the population over the next 15 years || Between 2015 and 2030, the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — in the world is projected to grow by 56 per cent, from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion

You can download the main demographic indicators for Norway here.
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Why do we age and how can we stop it?

Ageing… According to a “real” scientist: In short… 4’30” Our cells have expiration dates… What causes that limit? PROBABLY… Chromosomes… #senescence

Gerontolescence and urban utopias


Young-old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society is the title of the new book(s) published by Deane Simpson. The book explores the impact of population ageing in the making of urban spaces (territories).

The author’s study on eccentric cases is an inspiring journey. However, it might generate some misunderstandings and ultimately, not provide an accurate perspective with regards to the main challenges posed by population-ageing in cities.

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Filming the end of life

Tuba Atlantic
Tuba Atlantic

Tuba Atlantic is a norwegian short movie directed by Hallvar Witzø.

It tells the story of a 70-year-old man, who receives the fatal prognoses by his doctor, that he only has a few more days to live.

The movie was nominated for the 84th Academy Awards, and it is easy to understand why…

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Why human beings have two ears but only one tongue?

Henning Mankell in Bethlehem | Source: wikimedia
Henning Mankell in Bethlehem | Source: wikimedia

In honor of Henning Mankell, who passed away this Monday (October 5th) aged 67, we reproduce the introduction of an article he published in the New York Times about his experience in Mozambique.

“I CAME to Africa with one purpose: I wanted to see the world outside the perspective of European egocentricity. I could have chosen Asia or South America. I ended up in Africa because the plane ticket there was cheapest

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