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Access to Services in Rural Areas from the Point of View of Older Population: A Case Study in Finland

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Verma, Ira
dc.contributor.author Taegen, Jonna-Sarianne
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-02T14:10:56Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-02T14:10:56Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12
dc.identifier.citation Verma , I & Taegen , J-S 2019 , ' Access to Services in Rural Areas from the Point of View of Older Population: A Case Study in Finland ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 16 , no. 23 , 4854 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234854 en
dc.identifier.issn 1661-7827
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: dbaba8e9-62e1-49ef-b3de-4e23de20a00e
dc.identifier.other PURE ITEMURL: https://research.aalto.fi/en/publications/dbaba8e9-62e1-49ef-b3de-4e23de20a00e
dc.identifier.other PURE FILEURL: https://research.aalto.fi/files/39234069/Access_to_Services_in_Rural_Areas_from_the_Point_of_View_of_Older_Population.pdf
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/42253
dc.description.abstract Independence and having control over one’s own life are important factors for residential satisfaction. In rural areas, the mobility of people is based on owning a private car, due to the lack of public transport. Furthermore, planning in rural municipalities is highly car oriented. Small municipalities with shrinking and aging populations have many challenges to ensure access to services for their residents. This paper focuses on a case study of a small municipality with less than 2000 inhabitants. The objective of the study was to enhance sustainable change in shrinking rural areas and maintain them as good places to live even in the future. Access to local services and social activities is a major challenge for older people, who no longer have the possibility to use their own car. The problem with relocation is the lack of suitable apartments for older people. A dense and walkable municipal centre with accessible apartments may help municipalities provide for their older populations. Moreover, in Finland, second homeowners are an important resource for small municipalities. Spaces for social intercourse between residents and between permanent residents and second homeowners may enhance vitality and community building in these municipalities. en
dc.format.extent 13
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 16, issue 23 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Access to Services in Rural Areas from the Point of View of Older Population: A Case Study in Finland en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Architecture
dc.subject.keyword older people
dc.subject.keyword shrinking municipalities
dc.subject.keyword services
dc.subject.keyword mobility
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202001021364
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph16234854
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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