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    What do new housing schemes offer? East Belgium presents a future project

    Demographic challenges for future living

    “My home is my castle – many Belgians live by this principle, especially in the East-Belgian region”, according to the German-speaking community of Belgium, represented in the IRE network. 98 percent of the East Germans between 60 and 79 years of age and 85 percent of people between 80 and 99 years live at home. The possibility to have alternative housing forms in old age should therefore be guaranteed.
    The event “Together is one less alone – What can alternative housing offer?”, which took place on 29th of June and 4th of July 2017, showed alternatives for seniors on the basis of a project. Around 80 interested persons were included in the two editions. During the implementation of the project, location marketing and the inclusion of people were seen as priority challenges for the future of East Belgium. This regional future approach, which is to be implemented by 2025, must particularly involve the young generation.

    To cope with these challenges, the focus was mainly on different alternatives to the usual forms of housing, such as the retirement home or the home for elderly. The goal is that seniors can determine and shape their future housing form themselves. Based on this, it can be said that alternative housing forms represent a suitable model against housing shortages in urban centers and vacancies in rural areas.

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