What all of us really want as we age is to stay in our own home.  Or move to a place that is comforting and friendly and that we can call home.

According to a report in the Toronto Star, Denmark – and neighbouring Sweden – are the best places in the world to grow old. Both have strong, cradle-to-grave social programs, and compete with each other – and with their Scandinavian cousins Norway and Finland – to give their citizens the best comprehensive elder care.

The systems in these countries are designed to try to keep the elderly at home as long as possible, with home care services and visits by doctors.   And they encourage the elderly to be self sufficient and active.   It seems to be working.

You can learn more about the Danish ageing services model at IAHSA’s Conference in London”next July.