Addressing Specific Impacts of Demographic Change: Experiences from DEMOCHANGE Pilot Actions: Aging
Durrer Eggerschwiler, B
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Aging poses important challenges for regional housing, mobility and social infrastructure as well as nursing care. In this chapter, the planning and implementation process of Pilot Actions in three model regions is described. In South Tyrol, the potential demand for a shuttle service and a home delivery service for the elderly was surveyed. In a sample of residents older than 55 years, 19% of respondents were interested in using a delivery service and 27% in using a transport service regularly. Together with regional stakeholders, options for the realization of such services were assessed, specifically involving volunteers. In Bavaria, structures for the care of dementia patients were strengthened. In cooperation with a qualified association, trainings for relatives of demented people, volunteers and nurses were realized at varying locations within the region. A regional network of actors was built and inputs about dementia care were given at relevant regional conferences and meetings. In the canton of Nidwalden in Switzerland, a union with the objective to realize multigenerational housing projects in the regional municipalities was established. The formation of this union and a concept for the realization of its objective was elaborated in a regional focus group. Additional members were recruited at a public conference and local politicians were sensitized at municipal council meetings.