Intergenerational Living Innovation Hub
The challenge and opportunity
Across the industrialised world, populations are getting older. Globally, the population of people aged 60 and over is set to double by 2050, while in Scotland the population is ageing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK. This shift is already disrupting economic and social patterns, and creating the demand for new technologies, products and services.
This changing balance presents a profound set of challenges around quality of life, health and well-being but also creates opportunities for economic development and social inclusion. An ageing population creates demand for new care technologies, new housing models and innovative savings products for retirement to help people remain independent for longer, continue to work or remain economically active, and stay connected to others within and beyond their communities.
A collaborative approach
Incorporating state-of-the-art infrastructure and a development zone, the hub will enable businesses to embrace the opportunities presented by an ageing population by undertaking at-scale research, product and service development and testing, skills development and training. The hub will bring together architects, designers, construction companies and services, healthcare and technology providers, and the markets they serve.
This collaborative approach will enable industry, academic partners, service and healthcare providers and the third sector to translate novel and innovative ideas into commercially and socially viable solutions and models through rapid prototype development.