Future of Ageing
Katerva is delighted to sponsor the Future Of series at LeadersIn, written by Katerva's Futurist Adi Gaskell. In this set of articles Adi addresses the Future Of Ageing.
Ageing is a challenging and potentially emotional topic. Not only did people over 65 years of age outnumber children under five, globally, but life expectancy has increased dramatically, especially over the past 100 years. While there were about 20,000 people over 100 in the mid 1960s, by 2020 this future had risen to lose to 575,000. Reflecting on the issue of ageing, in his first of four articles Adi draws on the insights from ‘The 100-year life’ by London Business School’s Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott. Rather than pointing to the problem the book offers solutions and insights how do embrace this new reality. You can listen to Lynda and Scott talk about their work in teh video below.
In his second article on ageing Adi focuses on the misconception of the economic implications of an ageing population. One facet of this is the emergence of the grey-haired entrepreneur, which interestingly seems to apply equally to women. This video explores the benefits and requirements of starting up your own company in the 50s.
In his third article on ageing Adi turns to the topic of robots: robots as companions, robots to provide care. As Japan is one of the societies with the highest rate of old population as well as lowest birth rate, it is not surprising that they are at the forefront of exploring the support robots can give the elderly. In the video below the FT’s Kana Inagaki explores the emotional and physical care being provided, and asks whether it is ethical for machines to look after older people.
In his final of four articles on the future of ageing Adi takes a look at maintaining fitness and health in old age. That it is entirely possible to remain fit, agile, and entirely in control of one’s body into very old age is evidenced by 92-year old German gymnast Johanna Quaas.