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Which is the best city in the world to grow old in?

With half the world now living in cities, and that number set to rise further, the majority of us will inevitably be growing old in a city. But which ones provide the best home for an aging population? And on what criteria should that be judged? This meme was started by this post a few weeks ago, learning about the work being done in New York. Now I'm taking this up a notch, at the Eindhoven Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, an event put on by Living Labs Global, together with the city of Eindhoven, here in the Netherlands.

The agenda and participants list (I just met a number of them at a reception) provides a fascinating cross-section of innovative city officers and businesses providing novel services, many of which are designed to meet the needs of the aging population. Will be much more the wiser after the event tomorrow, and will provide an update from interesting initiatives that I run into.

The first one is already in - a solution that combines the bike sharing schemes that are increasingly popular in cities with electric motors that provide assistance. This is especially interesting for the elderly, who can then go further distances, more easily, and remain independent. This particular technology provides for a variable power assistance based on how hard you're pedaling. Normally the motors just turn on at  set rate when you start to pedal. Watch this space for more.


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