Good mental and physical health starts at home, but when it comes to healthy ageing, few homes are up to the challenge of supporting us throughout our lives. With the right technologies and innovative care solutions we can get more from our homes for longer. As our population gets older, it’s clear we have to act now. By 2050, a quarter of the UK population will be over 65. Right now, it’s less than 15%. That means we need to make significant changes to ensure healthy ageing for all. And it’s not just our population that’s ageing. 80% of the houses we’ll have in 2050 have already been built, and with the oldest housing stock in Europe, it’s vital that we’re both innovative and practical as we build a healthier future for the UK.
Through the Homes for Healthy Ageing programme, we’re harnessing the expertise of industry leaders who can help us make the most of our existing infrastructure through scalable, consumer-friendly technology solutions. The Government has identified ‘ageing society’ as one of its four Grand Challenges and has set out a mission to help people enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years while narrowing the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest. This Grand Challenge offers a wealth of opportunity for SMEs and partners who want to put the UK at the forefront of the healthy living industry through tech and care solutions that work for everyone.
By building a healthy ageing future for all, we can:
- keep families and communities connected
- use technology to support health and independence
- reduce reliance on public services
- improve the provision of care at home
Most importantly, with thorough research and testing that ensures solutions meet the diverse needs of the British population, we can empower every individual to tailor their homes to their specific requirements.
A healthy ageing future starts in the home, and it starts now. Connected Places Catapult is developing a comprehensive picture of the existing UK landscape while not only envisioning but accelerating a future that assures healthy ageing for all. We’re building one of the largest active networks of the country’s brightest innovators, solutions suppliers, partners and non-profits to trial scalable solutions and facilitate national roll-out.
You could play a vital role in accelerating Homes for Healthy Ageing in the UK. Whether you have access to new technologies, have the capability to develop them, or if you’re interested in trialling new solutions, we want to hear from you.
Europe’s smart home market is forecast to grow from $8.81 billion in 2018 to $13.85 billion by 2024, representing a huge innovation and investment opportunity. What’s more, with over-65s estimated to own more than 40% of housing equity in the UK, smart home products and services for senior living will be a key contributor to the growth of the smart home market in the UK. This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of a growth industry that will have a positive and lasting impact on the nation’s health, economy, environment and public services.