Hanna Tuvesson HAL - 2005:02, pp. 24. HAL/Sektionen för hälsa, 2006.
The increasing number of elderly people and their lengthening life expectancy implies a challenge for how to address these peoples changing needs and demands for help, care and appropriate housing options. The project Senior living 2000 focused on the individuals wishes and desires of how the home for elderly in Sweden could be performed and what modern technology could contribute in such a home. In later life people experience changes that strongly affect their lives, like retirement, relocation and health problems. The new era of technology can contribute with solutions for the future living; however there are some important ethical issues to consider, such as autonomy and quality of life. The model of transition provides a framework on the important perspective on aging and research. This study aims to illuminate the meaning of seniors’ thoughts and dreams of their present and future living. The qualitatively conducted interviews were analyzed using a latent content analysis. The findings of seniors thoughts of their future living revealed four themes; My home is my shelter, Taking control of the situation, Surrender yourself to others and Experiencing technology as a support or a hinder. The focus of the participant’s dream of their future living was to stay in their present homes as long as possible.