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Yksilö yhteisössä: Ikääntyneiden yksinäisyyden vähentäminen yhteisöllisellä asumisella

Research output: Book/ReportMaster's ThesisScientific


Original languageFinnish
PublisherTampereen teknillinen yliopisto
Number of pages154
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-3949-7
ISBN (Print)978-952-15-3948-0
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2017
Publication typeG2 Master's thesis, polytechnic Master's thesis

Publication series

NameTampereen teknillinen yliopisto. Arkkitehtuurin laitos. Asuntosuunnittelu. Julkaisu
ISSN (Print)2242-4598


Loneliness is a current phenomenon in the Finnish society that has been discussed more recently in the public discourse. Loneliness can have an impact on any individual and has an extensive influence on the well-being of a person. This thesis is focused on the loneliness experienced by Finnish elderly living at home or in assisted care. It has been discovered in this thesis that experience of the loneliness and housing solutions are strongly linked. Housing solutions can either enhance or reduce the experience of loneliness.

Home and the relationship the resident has with his/her home is important to the wellbeing of the elderly. Home is often associated with different kinds of meanings and the relationship between home and ageing resident is discussed in this thesis. The idea of ageing in place has been accepted as the best solution to solve the future housing of the elderly by both society and elderly themselves. Ageing in place ensures the self-determination and independency of the elderly but does not solve the loneliness experienced by the elderly. Thus ageing in community is proposed as soluƟ on to the loneliness in this thesis. The proposed co-housing concept offers the possibility to age at home in a familiar environment but with the help of community and neighborhood.

The thesis is divided into three parts. Loneliness and co-housing are discussed in regards of different theories in the research section of the work. The themes discussed in the research section are loneliness, the experience of loneliness in relation to the environment and co-housing. Model for housing which is based on the themes found in the research section is constructed in the concept section of the thesis. Last secƟ on of the thesis consists of the application of the housing concept on one chosen planning area. The housing plan is based on the Architectural student competition Rääkkylän Mummola which was held in spring 2016. The purpose of the competition was to fi nd housing solutions for 55+ residents. The proposed plan in this thesis is developed based on the themes found in research section and comments made in the review of the competition entries.

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