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Who pays for my care?

Today working, tomorrow old and retired!

We have to learn a lot of things about how we should live today if our ambition is to became healthy old persons later. The Finns as European people are getting older. Who will take care of us then later? Continue reading

Doctors wanted in Kainuu!!!

Take a map and find the Finnish eastern long border between Finland and Russia. Let your finger run up north, you are going to pass the beautiful lake district, move up more, you come to the waist of Finland, the narrowest part of Finland. You are in Kainuu. Continue reading


Geriatric Medicine in the land of mountains and fjords

Marit Apeland Alfsvåg is leader of the Geriatric Department at Stavanger University Hospital and Prof Annette Hylen Ranhoff is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Bergen.

Norway has a long coast, fjords and huge mountain areas. The population is small with only 5 million people, and 4 million live in cities.

Norway has become part of the wave of ageing. The percentage of people who are 65 years or older is about 14% and is estimated to reach 23% in 2030. The care of the older people has been declared to be a national priority. Continue reading

My Week in Meetings

by Timo Strandberg

These winter weeks are usually very busy for Finnish geriatricians and often quite cold weather (possibly down to minus 30 degrees Celsius) does hinder us. Actually, this winter we have enjoyed quite nice weather with some snow and reasonable temperatures. In January-February we have some regional doctor’s meetings and the 2-day “Geriatricians’ Days” are traditionally during  the last week of January. The Board of Finnish Geriatricians (SG) organizes these days, and the board members rotate every 3 years from one University city (with medical faculty, 5 in Finland)  to another. In 2014, geriatricians from the Turku region had their third time and they had made the congress especially glamorous. Continue reading

One Week Last October

Anthony Fiorini, Consultant Geriatrician and Senior Lecturer, Clinical Chairperson of the Department of Geriatrics, Malta tells us about his week.


I am an early riser by nature, not because of advancing age! Household chores are finalised, then a quick swim in a nearby indoor pool. By 7.30 am I am on the road, crawling to work.

The 8 km car journey takes half an hour. Malta is the EU’s most densely populated country and it feels like everybody is driving to work at this time!

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