Urban Lunch Hour -online seminar: Ageing Cities

Living+ Platform was hosting this month's Urban Lunch Hour, a recurring event by Urbaria, with a topic "Ageing Cities". The online seminar was co-organized with Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria) and City of Helsinki's Urban Research and Statistics Unit. The event took place on the 20th of October on Zoom.
Poster for Urban Lunch Hour -event held on 20.10. on a topic "Ageing Cities". Organized by Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, Aalto Living+ Platform and City of Helsinki's Urban Research and Statistics Unit.

The aim of Urban Lunch Hours, an event concept by Urbaria, is to create dialogue between researchers of Helsinki Urban Region working on urban themes and enable discussion on research's societal impacts. October's event, which took place on the 20th of October, 12-13:30, focused on ageing in cities from two different perspectives - low income in elderly population and environments supporting active ageing. 

More information about the talks:

1. Low income and poverty in the ageing population

Living on a low income, especially for long-term, can affect people negatively in several ways, for instance mentally and socially. During the first presentation, Senior Researcher Hanna Ahlgren-Leinvuo (City of Helsinki) examined low income and poverty in the ageing population based on different types of measures. The presentation utilized data from Statistics Finland as well as from a study conducted by Gerontological Social Work Unit of the City of Helsinki.  

2. What is a supportive environment for active ageing?

As our populations are ageing at a fast pace and health challenges are increasing, finding ways to promote healthy ageing is important. In the second presentation, Postdoctoral Researcher Tiina Rinne (os. Laatikainen, Aalto University) explored the types of physical environments that support older adults’ everyday mobility – and how this understanding could be utilized by decision-makers, researchers and planners to facilitate and motivate older adults’ physical activity and in creating healthy communities. 

You can find more information on Urban Lunch Hourson Urbaria's website.

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