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Want to live longer? Move into in a “healthy town”

It’s common knowledge that the population is rapidly aging, the NHS is not far from bankruptcy due to modern lifestyle diseases caused by work – life imbalance – stress, too much work, fatigue, sleepless nights, low energy etc.. This cannot go on like this for too long! So check this out! Someone had an idea to prototype a way of living and create towns that will support health and wellbeing of the whole community not just the elderly but the society as a whole! Just as Albert Einstein said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” So this is thinking outside of the box!

“Healthy Towns”

housing nearly 200,000 people will be built across the country as the NHS starts urban planning for the first time.

Virtual care homes would be created by having houses connected by wi-fi, allowing elderly residents to speak to carers and to one another. Easier-to-navigate roads with more signs would create “dementia-friendly” communities.

Adventure playgrounds would be a standard feature of street designs to make walking more fun for children, and fast-food-free zones would be enforced near schools.

Simon Steven, head of NHS England, wants the developments to be modern versions of the Edwardian garden cities. They represent a “golden opportunity” to show that design can improve health, he said, and other towns would be encouraged to copy the approach if it works.

Under the scheme,

NHS project managers would guide the development of ten towns and villages, containing 76,000 homes and about 170,000 residents, to discourage obesity and help older people to stay independent. Patients would be encouraged to consult their GP via Skype, and houses with build-in communications to hospitals and surgeries could offer an alternative to “institutional” care homes.

More than 100 councils and developers applied for HNS help under Mr. Steven’s scheme and ten have been chosen, from Devon in the south to Darlington in the north of England. Detailed plans are expected within six months as the NHS works with councillors and developers to get planning permissions. Building should begin by the end of year.

Mr. Stevens said: “We want children to have places where they want to play with friends and can sagely walk or cycle to school rather than just exercising their fingers on video games.

“We want to see neighbourhoods and adaptable home designs that make it easier for older people to continue to live independently wherever possible. And we want new ways of providing new type of digitally enabled local health services that share physical infrastructure and staff with schools and community groups.”

Avoiding ill health caused by laziness, obesity and isolation is vital to saving the NHS from bankruptcy, Mr. Stevens believes.

 Via: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article4702770.ece, The Times, Tue 1st March 2016, front page.

 

Can you imagine living in such a town?

What if there was already a way how you can control the environment where you spend most of your time such as your house of office and transform it into a wellness home or wellness office? So you don’t have to wait until you reach the retirement age, you can start taking steps now. If this interests you, please contact me.

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