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The Living Environment of Elderly People In Slovenia
The life expectancy has been increasing in recent decades, resulting in the aging of the society. When the elderly can no longer take care of themselves, they are often forced to take part in various forms of institutional care. Most of the elderly people wish to stay at home. This depends not only on their independence and health, but also on the functional characteristics of the environment in where they live. The oldest and most frequent forms of the institutional care include nursing homes, serviced apartments, assisted living and attending a daily care centre. In the recent years, new possibilities are evolving, including community and multigenerational residences, household communities and living with a family or individual. An alternative form of residential communities are smart silver villages, offering the accommodation and influencing the revitalization of the countryside. In this article, we discuss various accommodation options for the elderly in Slovenia.