A short article in the NHS England website announcing a meeting in London in March entitled “Older People’s Care Summit” is highlighted and some of the statistics there caught my eye. It says that there are 3 million people over the age of 80 in the UK and by 2030 the number is expected to double with the figure reaching 8 million by 2050. I’ve worked with the demographic change graphs for some time now but this is a particularly stark statistic to bring home the need for new approaches to care for the elderly. (The summit still had spaces available if anyone is interested and registration is at this page).
There is a link to Roy Lilley’s new website “The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff” and pointers to some article on telemedicine in China.
On the technology side there is an item on mental health apps and a pointer to a good article on why Australia (could be any country really) isn’t further ahead than it is with Assistive Tech for the elderly living at home.
A good read to catch up on things you may have missed over the month.