How to organize neighborhood care?

How to organize neighborhood care - shopping together

Neighborhood care is booming in The Netherlands and Germany. More and more citizens participate in social networks in their neighborhoods to ensure care support. Such shared support compensates for the rise of social, physical, psychological and cognitive shortcomings when aging. Neighborhood care is a clever choice when aging.

With this type of self-organization citizens compensate for the shortcomings of aging and for the shortcomings of public and commercial care services. Particularly given the current health crisis, these initiatives are more than welcome. However, how do you organize neighborhood care?

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Do we retire early or not? That is the question

Do we retire early or not? That is the question

Do we retire early or not? What motives could we possibly have to retire early or to postpone retirement

The answers to these questions are a very personal matter. However, in practice, when we contemplate on them, we will very quickly realize that the answers are not easy to give. This is because so many concerns are at stake.

Money is an issue, of course. Our wellbeing. Our health. Our partner will have some idea. When employed, the employer usually has made proper arrangements. However, in the end the decision comes down to us.

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Does vaccination protect the herd in case of infections?

Does vaccination protect

Does vaccination protect the herd in case of infectious deceases? This is open for debate. We, for instance dodge vaccination against seasonal influenza. This can lead to hilarious situations. 

At some point our GP’s system failed and we were called by mistake for the yearly flu jab. When I asked the assistant ‘How come?’, she responded: “Oh, that’s right. You’re flu refusers”. And yes, that’s how it is, we dodge the flu. 

Protect yourself with a healthy lifestyle

We advocate a healthy lifestyle as the best protection against the flu. The reasons for people to dodge vaccination are always profiled negatively. Does this mean that we are dummies or just plain stupid?

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What is Passive Income anyway? Have you ever heard of it?

What is Passive Income anyway?

Some 8 years ago I was attending a business seminar and suddenly I pricked up my ears. What? What was he saying? The topic was Income and passive income was mentioned as one of the possibilities.

Until then, I had never heard of the phrase and for a while I kept wondering “What is passive income anyway?”

It was a solid business seminar and the question was answered thoroughly that day. Ever since I was intrigued and have tried several possibilities. I love learning new stuff and this was new to me. Although… not completely new, because unaware of the terminology I had been making a couple of passive income streams. 🙂

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Why is giving our most fundamental motive?

Why is giving our most fundamental motive?

Giving, and not selfishness, is our most fundamental motive. Selfishness is a century old idea that hardly touches on the way we live. Giving explains far better why we do what we do, everyday of the week.

The best way to understand giving as our most fundamental motive is by examining what the costs and benefits are. As it appears selfishness harms the self. In contrast, giving benefits. How is this possible?


In specific circumstances of threats to our personal life, fight-or-flight is our best – and selfish – option. In these days of the virus this assumption must be questioned.

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Clothes and our health. Make the match

“Our clothes are important for they help to keep us well. … Sewing is an art which all girls should learn. If we know how to sew, we can keep our clothes in order and always be neat and attractive in appearance.“*

Clothes and our health

Clothes and health in 1920

This is the opening sentence of the book Clothing and Health: An Elementary Textbook of Home Making. The book was published in 1920 and exclusively targets girls. In 1920 women spend over a billion dollars a year on textile materials alone.

The book gives some other reasons, than to be neat and attractive, why women should know how to sew. Reasons that still carry some weight from the perspective of our days, exactly 100 years later: to know how to sew would make women aware of the costs of clothes, and the durability and whether the clothes wear well.

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Contribution can be done in many forms

Contribution can be done in many forms

Both Tom and I talk a lot about contribution. With our friends. In our blog posts. In our Facebook posts. In my Facebook lives. Most of the times this is about volunteering in some way or another. But there are many other ways.

Take care

You can contribute by literally taking care in your own hands. Your own care of course. Because if you take good care of yourself, you can help others. 

You can also take care of others, of nature, of the environment, of the climate. Take care of the sick and the impaired. Take care by growing your own organic food or buying organic or eco.

You contribute when you reduce CO2-levels when you install solar panels on your roof or a windmill in your garden. 

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Hearing impairments. Everybody’s concern.

Hearing impairments. Everybody’s concern.

A couple of days ago I wrote on Facebook that a hearing impairment can affect anyone. I introduced some common courtesy suggestions when you participate with people who suffer such impairments.

Hearing impairments primarily seem to be physical problems. However, for the ones suffering, these impairments are a social problem as well. The risk of social isolation is substantial. This signifies that the responsibility of ‘fixing’ hearing impairments rests on everybody’s shoulders.

However, these shoulders must be broad and strong, because they will also have to support the responsibility for the prevention of these impairments. One of the best precautionary measures is to respect the silence and behave accordingly. 

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The Grey Revolution

grey workforce

The Grey Revolution is a two-pronged revolution. From the 19th century onwards our longevity doubled. At the same time, less and less children are born. The greying and greening of society coincide.

Like most revolutions this ‘grey’ one has a tremendous impact on societies. Despite popular views, these impacts are predominantly positive. This needs some explaining.

First some statistics

According to the United Nations (UN) in 2019 the population of people 65 and over is worldwide 9%. In 2050 this will be 16%. However, there are huge differences between countries. For instance, in Spain the amount of people of 65 and over is already 19%, and in Japan even 25%.

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How to write with confidence

Write with confidence by hand

The other day someone asked me what gives me confidence to write. I said I don’t know. Experience perhaps? I write once a day a post on facebook. Sometimes two or three. And once every fortnight a blog. Such as this one. Writing is important for me because it keeps the grey matter fit. Which is one of AGEwithCARE’s goals.

The person who asked me the question would love to write, but felt insecure. So I explained how he could write with confidence. This blog is an extended version of my explanation.

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