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4. Future of wellbeing

In Finland and globally, several indicators of human wellbeing have been developing favorably. Yet the future of wellbeing is dependent on our response to major new challenges such as population ageing, globalisation and migration, changes in the labor market, reforms of the welfare systems and defining sustainable and effective policy options for services.

Europe is the most rapidly ageing continent in the world and Finland is the most rapidly ageing country in Europe. Our challenge is to make longer lives an asset for social and economic development and, simultaneously, guarantee high quality of life for those in need for support and services. The situation calls for innovative research on social and generational equity and participation, social inclusion during the whole life course, and possibilities for active ageing. Successful social policies and care systems are a prerequisite for thriving societies.

In Finland, an exceptionally ambitious reform of health and social care is under way. The goal is to create people centered, community based and civil society powered services, supported by ICT technologies, digital service models and co-creation processes. The challenges, however, are manifold, and collaboration between research and strategic partners is needed to test and evaluate the new models of services and processes of change.

The University of Tampere (UTA) has a long tradition in the study on wellbeing in different stages of life, including multidisciplinary research on old age and the ageing society, on services, and welfare models. UTA encourages brave new methodological approaches and partnerships. The New Social Research initiative creates an excellent environment for innovative new research on a range of different cutting-edge areas on the future of wellbeing.

 
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