Not getting any younger: We need smarter housing to match changing demographics – City A.M.

20 / 07 / 2018

Marc Leyshon had a piece included in the City A.M. article on 3 July 2018, which was originally published by City A.M.

The number of older persons globally – aged 60 or over – is expected to more than double by 2050. Last Wednesday, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee published its much-awaited report into the long-term funding of adult social care. While the social care conversation has mostly been viewed in terms of introducing new taxes and how to avoid extra pressure on the NHS, the report calls for another key component to be considered: housing. The UK clearly has a housing problem for older people today. According to the Local Government Association, we need to increase the number of age-friendly homes by 400,000 in less than 20 years to cope with our ageing population. This will only be exacerbated as we progress towards 2050.

To put this in context, the number of older persons globally – aged 60 or over – is expected to more than double by 2050, and to more than triple by 2100. The foundations must be laid now to meet this challenge.

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