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Volume: 5 Issue: 4
(April 2018)

smarter homes our ageing population given advances average lifespan people living developed world seeing societies emerge increasing amount citizens aged

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Smarter homes for our ageing population

Given advances in the average lifespan of people living in the developed world, we are seeing societies emerge where an increasing amount of citizens are aged 65 and over. This has a number of implications, perhaps most obviously for health and social care systems. In the view of Dr Helen Meese, Lead Author of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ report entitled ‘Healthy Homes: Accommodating an Ageing Population,’ the development of smart homes could be part of the solution to reducing healthcare costs and enabling older people to retain their independence for longer. Dr Meese explains here that the Government must commit to modernising the UK building design and construction regulations, and create a kitemark for smart houses and its associated technology to both make life better for older people and help relieve the increasing burden on the NHS posed by our growing ageing population.

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