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Afraid of China’s war planes, Taiwan’s people have become 10 years more than the rest of the world, how?

Taiwanese people are living longer than ever before, not because they discovered the ideal diet. They are also happier and more satisfied with their lives in general. As part of its initiatives to make its cities elderly friendly, Taiwan provides a collaborative and social environment to provide better living conditions for older people. In Taiwan’s capital Taipei, work has been going on since 2012 to create a better infrastructure for the elderly according to the World Health Organization (WHO) format.

The framework proposes eight interconnected themes covering social and better infrastructure environments where people interact-participating with their cities. WHO calls for community support and health services to focus on making cities suitable for the elderly in the areas of outer space and buildings, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information. has been identified. It seems to be working.

Respect and trust increased the lives of the elderly
Life satisfaction in Taiwan is because older citizens consider themselves to be part of the community. His contribution to the society is respected and trusted. Healthy older people living independently for longer periods of time, for example, also reduce the cost of geriatric care. Statistics show that it has also increased life expectancy, which increased from 79.0 years in 2009 to 80.9 years in 2019. Women live an average of 84.2 years and men 77.7 years, more than the global average of 7.5 and 9.2 years, respectively.
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What is needed in a city friendly to the elderly
The WHO has determined several factors to make the city elderly friendly, including being able to follow a routine such as a morning walk to buy newspapers, shopping for groceries, cooking, amongst the community Participation where they can share their knowledge and act as a mentor. Elderly-friendly cities help older people sustain these activities for longer periods of time. Clear signs and adequate lighting on roads, accessible walkways, proper seating in parks and public rest areas, and communities where older people can seek help without discrimination.

Social Welfare Department also takes initiative
Taipei’s Department of Social Welfare (DOSW) also runs a number of initiatives for the city. It provides community services, wellness resources, care visits, referral services, catering services and health promotion facilities. It also provides a system of telephone calls to keep in touch with older people and ensure that they are well. All this encourages community engagement, fosters mutual care and peer support.

325 places earmarked for dining together
325 such places have been earmarked in the city where elderly people can eat together. Apart from providing ‘Senior Easy Card’ for transport service, Senior Citizen Service Centers are operated in 14 districts where educational and recreational programs are provided. These also include welfare counseling, social activities. The city’s housing policy also ensures that different generations are brought together as part of the co-living plan so that older people are not isolated.

Whose contribution to the life satisfaction of older people
Other achievements in Taiwan’s elderly-friendly cities include maintenance of sidewalks, improved facilities and accessibility in parks, a pedestrian-safe traffic environment, easy access to cities, and clean, accessible toilets. Spending quality time with family and friends, volunteering, paid part-time or casual work, and religious activities also contribute to the life satisfaction of Taiwan’s older people.