Sunday, August 24, 2008

Getting old in Venice

In a similar vein as the project on the youth, we will also explore the issues faced by Venice's aging population. Venice's median age is approaching 50, and, despite what Tito Canal said in the National Geographic video, Venice in many ways is not exactly an "easy" city to get old in, especially if one develops mobility impairments over time. The socio-economics team in 2007 discussed some of these issues in their final report, but in general we have not focused on this sector of Venetian society specifically, even though we have benefited from continual assistance from older Venetians throughout the years. This project will be a tribute to the "elders" who have helped us a lot in our 20 years and will explore ways to continue to do so in the years to come.
This team will start with an in-depth look at the demographics of the city, using advanced visualizations to highlight the main trends over recent decades. We will then explore issues faced specifically by older Venetians, such as: affordability, mobility and healthcare (including epidemiology), among others.
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