Despite the global perils of famine, accident, violence and infectious disease, most of us will die from a chronic or degenerative disease linked with old age.
Currently in the UK, a man in good health can expect to live to 75 and women 77, with expectations that by 2039 more than one in 12 of the population will be aged 80 and over. However, increased longevity is often associated with heightened susceptibility to diseases and injury. Falls, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and chronic pulmonary disease, are common in older adults. For example, it has been predicted that by 2035, the number of people with dementia will have doubled in the UK.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers supports Age UK’s call for “housing that reflects the changing needs and aspirations of all olderpeople”. To achieve this technology and innovation in smart homes will be the key to creating an agefriendly environment. The appropriate selection of assistive technology within the home can make a significant difference to a person’s activity levels and encourage them to remain in their home for
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