UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Healthy Ageing

Thanks to advances in healthcare and living standards, people in the UK (and many parts of the world) are living longer than ever before. Today, there's almost 11 million people, or 19% of the population, aged 65 and over in the UK. By 2041, this number is expected to double. 

But the experience of getting older is becoming increasingly negative for many. 

Here’s what we’re doing at the Institute of Healthcare Engineering to tackle the loneliness, deteriorating health and difficulties accessing services faced by many. 

a nurse talking to an elderly woman

Why we’re doing this

If the above wasn't reasoning enough, here's a few more reasons on why we're tackling this.

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What we've done already

It's a big task but we've got to start somewhere. We've made some headway. Here's what we've already done.

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How we're going to do this

There's still a lot more to do. Here's the things we're working on to ensure we have the tools and technologies needed as we get older.

And here's when we're planning to do our work by:

timeline of our healthy ageing initiative