Birmingham ExtraCare 'villages' for older people
Most older people and their families dread the prospect of having to make the move into an "old folks home". They can be depressing, lifeless places where the rewards for the owners grow as more residents become dependant and infirm. Why not turn this whole arrangement on its head; build communities where people chose to go. Make them stimulating and fun places. Have an emphasis on good health and well being. Make them affordable for those with little money, but desireable for those with. Make them such exciting places that the wider community come in to use the facilities and meet older people.