You don’t have to look far to find repeated stories of the problems facing people in later life, from access to adequate care, health and well-being and of course financial challenges.
There are now more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 16. With increased life expectancy, those we categorise as ‘older’ can span an age group that stretches from 55 years of age to 95 and above. ‘Old age’ though can describe people in good health or poor health, active, sedentary, lonely or the leaders of their communities.
With over 40 years of difference between the lower and upper ends of this age-span, this presents significant implications for not only the quality of life older people can and should expect, but for the economy at large.
That's the question we're hoping to answer as part of a crowdsourced research project we're undertaking. And we need your input!
We not looking to develop a list of examples of where digital technologies have been used to support young people's employment, enterprise or social action. Instead, we want to identify some of the core principles that really explain the how of using technology to support this group of individuals.