The challenge of how to enable people to continue to live independently in their home as they grow old is one that has been a constant topic of interest in networking discussions involving housing companies from different European countries. There are differences across Europe in the way overall populations are expected to change in the next two decades, with some countries expecting to see numbers reduce. Even so, the established and expected trend is that people will live longer. Irrespective of overall numbers the proportion of the population that needs help will increase.
The increase in numbers of older people in the UK has been rapid in recent years. Government statistics show that between 2005 and 2015 the number of people aged 65 or over increased by 21%. The number aged 85 and over increased by 31% over the same period.
In the UK, the challenge of an ageing population goes alongside an expected overall increase in population so that according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) most recent forecasts, by the year 2039 more than one in twelve people in Britain will be 80 years old or more.
Mojo supports organisations from within and outside the UK to find creative ways to do more to support vulnerable people; not just the elderly but also people with a range of support needs. To find out more about the collaborative projects that are going on or that might be about to start contact us by phone or e-mail.