The ageing population will increase significantly in the next 10 years. What trends do we expect? And what do they mean for elderly care? In this two-part series we look at the expectations for the coming decade, starting with a look at the elderly population in 2030.
The fact that the ageing of the population is increasing is a fait accompli. And although healthcare is improving all the time, we cannot avoid an increase in the demand for care. After all, there will be an increasing number of seniors with chronic conditions such as arthritis or dementia, and physical limitations will also become more common. In addition, loneliness among the elderly is expected to rise significantly by 2030.
In light of these expectations, we increasingly see initiatives such as caring neighbourhoods or other new forms of housing for the elderly. The aim of these new forms of housing is to enable the elderly to live independently at home for longer, while they can count on the necessary care and also maintain social contacts.
The number of older people is not only increasing: their skills, expectations and financial possibilities are also changing.
All these expectations imply that the scalability of care technology will become increasingly important. The possibility of expanding or limiting the care circle according to one's own wishes or needs, the possibility of installing alarm buttons or movement sensors where and when required, ... This flexibility is a must for continuing to support both the demand for care and the expectations of highly educated seniors in the future.
The expectations we mentioned in the previous section will not be the same for all elderly people. As a result, the diversity among seniors will increase and vulnerable seniors in particular will find it more difficult. By vulnerable, we mean seniors with a lower education, limited digital skills or with a lower status in socio-economic terms.
These people will find it more difficult to keep up in an increasingly digital and therefore more complex society. This also changes the role of technology players. After all, they must pursue an inclusive policy in which no one is left out and ensure that their technology is understandable and accessible to everyone. That is also what we are striving for with Jane. Curious how we do it? Feel free to talk to one of our experts.
Now that we more or less have a picture of the older population in 2030, we can consider what this might mean for future carers and the care itself. We will elaborate on this in part 2 of this series.