Social Solutions for Old Age

The International Herald Tribune ran an article a few months ago on the Southwark Circle, a networked social program for seniors in the London borough of Southwark.

What’s the secret of a happy, healthy old age? Money? Grandchildren? Great doctors? They all help, but not as much as the two most important ingredients: a social network of at least six people who you see regularly and freedom from worrying about everyday problems like leaking taps and broken light bulbs. That’s the conclusion of Hilary Cottam, co-founder of the social design group, Participle, after a year of analyzing the lives of the elderly residents of Southwark, one of London’s poorer boroughs.

Here’s Participle’s overview of the project.




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