An ageing society
VOYAGE builds upon Plymouth’s great tradition of exploration and has been set up to address the issues posed by one of the biggest global challenges of our time: an ageing society.
- How to sustain an adequate standard of living and quality of life for older people?
- How to provide appropriate services and facilities such as healthcare and social care?
- How to ensure the effectiveness and financial sustainability of our systems and institutions?
Everything will have to change: there will be more demand for housing, transport, food, and particularly a change in medical needs. At the same time this demographic shift also poses enormous opportunities both for markets to adapt and respond to the change in demand and to harness the contributions of older people’s time, skills and expertise as a major source of social capital and resource for community sustainability.
The reciprocal benefits to the well-being of ageing individuals and their communities of continued societal engagement in later life is currently a major area of interest and research investment across government and other sectors.