Ageing Disgracefully

The Future of Ageing, Aged Care and Retirement

We will soon be able to live to 120 years of age.

But the notion of ageing, being older and a near future world where by 2040 one in four people, on the planet, will be over 60 years of age is not well understood and definelty not well thought out.

This growing cohort is a hugely untapped and burgeoning market offering huge possibilities and potential.

The builder generation accepted institutional care as an end of life norm.

Baby boomers intend instead to age disgracefully, with as little intervention and as much independence as possible, with a desire to live in health and lifestyle and in a residence that is theirs and tailored to their ageing and changing needs.

But what will Generation X want in their retirement years and what will the 3 generations following them want for their parents, grandparents and great grandparents?

Todays’ baby boomers will routinely live to 100, their children to 120 and their grandchildren to 150, but they will also earn income into their 90’s, how will this change the mindset and needs of an ageing population.

Our cultural concept of ageing is no longer one of people infirmed, frail and reliant, but instead active, vital and independent.

The point at which ageing starts, how it is defined and at which milestone birthday it begins is also up for constant debate and change.

We will live longer healthier lives avoiding many of today’s devastating illnesses, but with a threat of the rise of debilitating ageing related illnesses on the horizon.

Technology is emerging that will allow us to remain physically independent, but digitally safeguarded and monitored with personal assistant and aged care robots, androids and bots slowly marching over the horizon to serve as companions, assistants and carers.

Big Data, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence will soon feed technology, robots and our medical ecosystem of human providers with real time insights into our health and wellbeing, movements, physical requirements and requisites as well as predict concerns and interventions that may imminently become necessary.

Our physical homes will soon be able to digitally adapt and morph to offer hyperpersonalised environments replicating past experiences and places to soothe and comfort us or serve us with new images and scenery to invoke a new sense of experience purpose and place.

However, our pensions, superannuation, laws, workplaces and lifestyles are not yet ready for this

In all this ambient technology we must not lose sight of the human coping with and responding to the aging process.

What will this new world of ageing mean to the notion of family, culture and society?

How might our needs for housing, community and fellowship evolve?

What impact will a world where longevity, independence and good health are the norm, have on tomorrow and beyond and what are the (r)evolutions ahead that we will need to face and to conquer?