life expectancy

The development of life expectancy

The life expectancy of the world population has changed a lot over the years. When we go way back and look at the pre-modern world, life expectancy was not more than 30 years old in all areas of the world. In the development of life expectancy, it is significant that until the 19th century it…

Blue zones

Blue zones

This term first appeared in National Geographic magazine in 2005 and was written by Dan Buettner in an article called: “the secrets of long life”. Blue zones have been identified as world areas where people live longest. The name became blue zones because Buettner circled the areas with a blue pen on a map and…

elder abuse

Senior abuse

Elder abuse is very common nowadays. Abuse of elderly happens in many different forms such as physical abuse, psychological abuse, neglect or financial abuse. The abuser can be anyone who has access to the senior and their personal belongings such as a child, brother or sister, friend, neighbor or caregiver. Physical abuse According to the…

Smartphones for Seniors

Smartphones for Seniors

Seniors are often not very tech savvy and all these new technologies sometimes seem complicated to them. But they are not as averse to smartphones, tablets etcetera as younger generations often think. That a senior will not use his smartphone to the same extent as a 17-year-old teenager, who grew up with all these modern…

holiday for seniors

Holiday for seniors!

Since summer has arrived, and most of us are thinking about holidays, this article will talk about the most suitable holiday for seniors; some popular holiday destinations for seniors and some practical tips for travelling seniors. Retirees have the advantage that they can travel whenever they want and often travel outside the holiday season to…

Senior care in Spain

Senior care in Spain

Aging population in Spain Spain has a rapidly aging population, thus a growing number of people in need of senior care in Spain. Currently Spain is the country with the most rapidly aging population in Europe. Over the last 20 years, the part of the population that is over 75 has doubled in size. 18%…

Thank you, Joske!

We are saying goodbye to our Dutch intern, Joske van Veggel. Joske has worked at Foston for 5 months. She is an international business student that has now successfully finished the first 3 years and is going to write a graduation thesis next year. Joske has worked for the international marketing department of Foston and…

Informal care: a crucial form of healthcare

Informal care is an unpaid form of health care that is provided often by family or friends.  With a growing senior population, you can imagine that the informal care demands are growing as fast. To create an image of formal care in Europe; how many people are informal caregivers for example, and how many time…

How to improve mobility of seniors

How to improve mobility of seniors

For many people it is of great importance to be mobile and fit into a high age. Being able to walk without help is one of the strongest indicators of whether someone can live independently or not. Mobility is also a basic part of healthy ageing. No one likes to be immobile and always be…

Healthy aging

Healthy aging

Healthy aging – “Optimizing opportunities for good health, so that older people can take an active part in society and enjoy an independent and high quality of life.” Some see aging as a burden, but it does not necessarily have to be so. Older people can be very valuable for society and enjoy a high…