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Humanism and Social Resilience

Vibrant Senior Communities

  • Start: 1 April 2020
  • End: 1 December 2020
  • Status: ongoing

Residential complexes for senior citizens often offer facilities to enhance the quality of social life. However, just a small part of the residents make use of these facilities, and many residents become lonely. That is why the City of Rotterdam launched the project ‘Vibrant Senior Communities’ (Vitale Woongemeenschappen). This study evaluates the approach.

Description

The Dutch government’s policy is to encourage elderly people to continue living independently for as long as they can. To meet the growing demand for independent dwellings, many municipalities have designated residential complexes specifically for elderly people. Such complexes often offer extra facilities to enhance the quality of social life, such as places to meet and socialise. However, research has shown that just a small part of the residents makes use of these facilities, and that many of the elderly residents live increasingly lonely lives. This is also the case in Rotterdam. 

This was reason for the City of Rotterdam to launch the project ‘Vibrant Senior Communities’ in five residential complexes for senior citizens. The goal is to strengthen internal involvement with each other, to encourage social contacts, to improve the overall ambiance, and to reduce loneliness. This study evaluates the approach. 

Researcher(s)

Prof Anja Machielse

Partner

Several housing associations and welfare organisations in Rotterdam.

(Co)financing

City of Rotterdam, Programme Ouder en Wijzer (‘Older and Wiser’)

Contact

Prof. Anja Machielse, A.Machielse@UvH.nl.

The municipality of Rotterdam started the 'Vibrant Senior Communities' project to increase the social quality in residential complexes for the elderly. This research evaluates the approach.