As well as a popular holiday destination, Sweden also has a strong reputation when it comes to taking care of the elderly, so it may not come as little surprise that many of the senior citizens boast good health and lead extremely active lifestyles.

 

Staying active

Swedish people believe in living life to the full and a large proportion of individuals will work past the average retirement age of 65. In order to stay active, it is important to keep both your body and mind in tip-top condition. Even after retirement, it is imperative that you stay busy.

 

Some senior citizens will choose to join a number of clubs including that of bowling, golf, swimming and bingo. Most local gyms also cater to the elderly and during off-peak hours may hold a variety of classes that are tailored to the older individual.

 

Such classes consist of Aqua Zumba, Pilates, dance and yoga.

 

Living independently

As our loved ones get older, they tend to lose their independence a little. This is usually down to not being able to climb the stairs at the speed they once could, becoming forgetful and losing the confidence to drive. In Sweden, when a senior citizen is no longer able to cope with the strains of every day life, he or she is able to request assistance in the shape of a municipally funded home-help facility.

 

This allows the elderly individual to live as normal a life as possible – in the comfort of his or her own home. A number of countries in the past have struggled to meet the demand for care workers due to poor pay and poor working conditions. By increasing pay and offering better working conditions, Sweden has overcome this.

 

Many countries offer ‘older driver’ workshops – a great idea for those that wish to continue driving yet feel the rules of the road have changed drastically since they first past their test. If you live in a remote area, then driving may be your only feasible option of getting about. When ferrying small children to and from school it is important to remember to put a child seat in place.

 

As well as the many holidaymakers that flock to Sweden, this country is also a popular holiday choice for the locals. Drive tours in Sweden are very popular and allow for picturesque views of green fields scattered with the traditional small red cottages.

 

Elderly care

Those wishing to learn about Sweden on a more international perspective will quickly discover that this country offers more financial care for the elderly than any other nation.