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Futures of ageing

Because life continues as I get old

By 18. January 2022No Comments

For the future, “I wish there’s a basic income”.


We asked, you answered.

How would you describe yourself?

36 years old, born in Thailand and grew up in Germany, mother of a 5 years old, feminist, city person (#Großstadtkind), team lead at an NGO active in knowledge and education

Imagine you are 72, 80 or even 99 years old: How and with whom do you live together?

…with my partner and some young and old friends around (not a shared living setup) in a small, lively and colourful city.

Who are the most important people in your life and how do you spend time with them?

…my partner with whom I’ll get “old” and do things together

…my daughter who comes to visit me whenever she wants to

…my friends with whom I’ll get “old” and enjoy regular conversations

What is your sex and love life like in the future?

…happy sex and love relationship with a person I love (preferably with the one I am with right now)

How do you manage to stay mentally and physically fit?

Eat well, exercise, talk to & meet friends, learn from my daughter

How do you afford everyday life in the future?

…I wish there’s a basic income

…if there’s no basic income I hope my pension is high enough

In the future, what do you get up for in the morning?

…for life because it’s not over just because I’m old; for my daughter and for the possibility to accompany her through her life

If you had to tell a young friend about all the things you’ve done right while ageing and would thus recommend to them… What would they be?

Take good care of yourself AND most importantly of others around you. Ageing and living alone will probably suck.

– Original version: English –

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