The Future of Aged Care

October 28, 2012

In 2047 25.3% of Australians will be over 65 years old and many of us will be living to 100 and beyond. With this reality on our horizon it’s no surprise we are now seeing research that shows 64% of Australians are willing to pay more tax if it means the money goes towards ensuring they can stay in their homes for as long as possible when they get older.

With a future backdrop where medical care shifts from curative to preventative; many of today’s ravaging diseases and ailments better understood and treated and a scarcity of nurses and health workers in aged care (and many other industry’s) we are going to have to be smarter in how we allocate resources and provide care.

One of the ways we will be able to do this is by using more stay at-home technologies including robots to take care of health surveillance, monitoring and routine care and assistance.

The impacts and ramifications of this world of tomorrow is what David Dowsett of ABC Bay Wide and I chatted about in our regular fortnightly segment, have a listen and let me know your thoughts:


Physically Aged, Virtually Young

October 27, 2012

In 2050 25.3% of Australia’s population will be over 65 years of age, with many of us living routinely to 100 and preferring to remain in our own homes, as long as possible.

How will the Australian government and the Aged Care industry cope with this?

Given that we will have fewer people in our workforce and more demands on those that are; an employment landscape that is less 9 -5 and more project and task driven, where will Aged Care workers come from?

This is the start of my chat this afternoon with 2UE’s Clinton Maynard and Trevor Long as we looked at technology in institutional, residential and at-home aged care.

This included magic carpets that monitor a persons walking and movements, homes that monitor residents for vital signs, robots that wash hair and sit with dementia patients to ensure their safety and much more.

Have a listen now: