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Questionnaire on quality of life: Answers by JUDITH TAYLOR

Previously, Judith Taylor (English blogger; see my prior blog on Super Elder Bloggers) left a comment on our site.  Since I study quality of life in old age and get curious, I emailed her and posed some questions initially designed by Ann Bowling, prominent gerontologist at University College London (except the last question is mine).

Here are the answers she emailed me today (see below). I think I agree with her on many points.  Her answers are humorous and poetic.

This week I received some very sad news; our close friend, whom I see her as my third Mother, passed away.  So, I have been down, weeping.  But, Judith's mail cheered me up.  I believe we do gerontology partly because we love talking with older persons who have more experiences of life... Thanks, Judith!

Happy New Ox Year!

Amid a global financial meltdown, short of good news, I visited a little village in Southern France.  There, I heard amusing anecdotes of their Santa Claus who comes to town annually. The villagers cannot prove exactly who he is, but they feel Santa is a village guy.  This Santa Claus does not deliver any big gifts, but he visits each person to have a chat, play with kids, and take photos with them.  Like Santa Claus in Paulo Coelho's essay, he delivers "his invisible gifts" (hope, love) to his villagers.  It was COOL to hear such gossips.




Machiavellian Europe

According to Machiavellianism, we humans would be categorized into two groups: those who rule and those who are ruled. I know that those who are simple, straightforward, and short-tempered without stamina (like me) are not very likely to become the former. But, nobody wants to be ruled or used all the time. I have met some people who appear to be excessively or annoyingly virtuous persons, but they know how to survive in Machiavellian Europe. And, I wish to learn from them…


フランス語で「待ち合わせの約束をすっぽかすこと」をposer un lapinという。直訳すると、「うさぎを置く」という意味になる。オランダ語では、約束の反故をzijn kat sturen「猫を送る」つまり「代理に猫をやる」と言うらしい。ベルギー南部のワロン語では・・・ちょっと説明しにくいが、ゲームを中途半端にすます、つまり「すっぽかす」と表現するらしい。台湾人の友人のWJ君によると、彼の国では「約束をすっぽかす」ことを、鳩を放つ「放鴿子」と書くらしい。だから「すっぽかされる」のは、受身になって「被放鴿子」鳩を放たれるとなる。(なんで鳩やのん・・・と思わないでもないですが)。「待ちぼうけ」つまり「無駄・無為に待つ」は「白等」と表現するらしい。なにしろ代理に「うさぎ」や「猫」や「鳩」なんかの可愛らしい小動物を送ってよこされるのだから、約束や約束違反そのものが些細なことと見なされ、さらには「待ちぼうけ」する人が軽んじられていることが分かる。

Ageing of Population and Some Specific Socio-Demographic Problems of Rural Population in Romania

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by Dr. Agnes Nemenyi at the University Babes-Bolyai, Department of Sociology

Paper presented for the First ISA Forum Barcelona, 5-9 September 2008


In 2004, in a conference about ageing ( Ageing Societies and Ageing Sociology ) the author of this paper presented some data about the Census of 2002, and in that time a general conclusion was the different age structure of urban and rural areas in Romania, where residence is an important factor of differentiation by age of the population : the old age groups had a 10 % higher representation in rural area. The urban population was higher in the active part, the rural population was overrepresented in the young and elder segment. These tendencies were continuing in the last period ( one third of the old age group was still active in the rural area ). In 2007 , 45 % of the population was living in rural areas, and 29,4 % of the actives were in agriculture.

Social Inclusion and Super Elder Bloggers

"Even old dogs can learn new tricks." Who said that?

"For the elderly, the Internet may offer a significant means of social participation, particularly when their mobility is limited. A housebound grandmother may be able to share in family life via e-mail and via the downloading of pictures of her grandchildren. Enforced exclusion from such an opportunity, by lack of skills or lack of money, may be an increasingly important concern."

-- Social Indicators. The EU and Social Inclusion. Atkinson et al., 2002, p. 180 (Oxford University Press).

(Youtube: Eighty-something years old Japanese grandma is visiting her own website by iPhone.)

"Europe's Shrinking Regions - Demographic Decline and Policy Response" by Neil Evans

Europes Shrinking Regions - demographic decline and policy response This presentation, 'Europe's Shrinking Regions - Demographic Decline and Policy Response', was presented by Dr Neil Evans of Leeds Metropolitan University to a workshop and seminar entitled 'Japan’s Regional Society: Community Sustainability under Demographic Shrinkage', held under the auspices of the White Rose East Asia Centre and the National Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Sheffield, at the Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield, on 3-5 July 2008.

Page 21: Summary

Page 21: Summary (see Notes)

Page 20: Increasing policy innovation

Page 20: Increasing policy innovation (see Notes)

Page 19: EU measures to help shrinking regions

Page 19: EU measures to help shrinking regions (see Notes)

Page 18: Structural and Cohesion Funds

Page 18: Structural and Cohesion Funds (see Notes)

Page 17: EU Regional/Cohesion Policy

Page 17: EU Regional/Cohesion Policy (see Notes)

Page 16: Consequences for Europe's shrinking regions

Page 16: Consequences for Europe's shrinking regions (see Notes)

Page 15: 'New' type of depopulation

Page 15: 'New' type of depopulation; this slide shows a map shows 'death surplus exceeds in/out-migration'
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