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How to Organize Neighbourhood Care in a Sensible Manner?

How to Organize Neighbourhood Care in a Sensible Manner?

Neighbourhood care is booming in the Netherlands and Germany. More and more citizens participate in social networks in their neighbourhoods to ensure care support.

Such shared support compensates for the rise of social, physical, psychological and cognitive shortcomings when ageing. Neighbourhood care is a clever choice when ageing.

With this type of self-organization, citizens compensate for the shortcomings of ageing and for the shortcomings of public and commercial care services.

Particularly given the current health crisis, these initiatives are more than welcome. However, how to organize neighbourhood care?

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Does our Identity Change when we Age?

Does our Identity Change when we Age?

Does our identity change when we age? Why is this a relevant question? The sympathetic Belgian psychiatrist Paul Verhaeghe is very precise about this (from his book The end of psychotherapy): “Without identity, we are no more than our body.”

What is the core of our identity? What makes our identity so important? The answer Verhaeghe gives is very surprising: we have an identity because we share an enormous amount of human traits with other humans. The Latin identitas means similarity.

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