How do we deal with an increasingly ageing population?
New predictions released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics estimate that up to two thirds of the babies born now will live to see their 100th birthdays. On the one hand this is an extremely positive statement; a result of higher standards of living and healthcare, however it nevertheless demonstrates the need to develop the right infrastructure to make sure we can support our increasingly ageing population.
While of course we need housing and nursing for older people, we believe that creating measures that allow people to continue to be as independent as possible for as long as possible, need to be a priority. Measures that enable people to stay in their own homes and maintain their dignity and self-respect – after all, if we are to believe the statistics – people may well live for a good 30 years beyond retirement (even assuming a retirement age of 70) and it’s important that their standard of living remains high.
This needs to involve investment in research to improve both treatments for and the prevention of the health issues that often manifest themselves in later life: conditions such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease. We also need development of more products that help to support people through this stage of their lives.
We will continue to develop the MonitorGo device so that it evolves over time to meet the changing needs of older people living alone. We knew when we created the device that there was a real need now for a product that enables independent living and it seems that statistics like this reinforce the importance of it going forward.