Staying independent in later life is a priority for older people, their families and society, but planning is difficult when the future is uncertain. Developing new models of care alongside investable and scalable technologies to support them is just one of the goals of a new partnership between Legal & General and the University of Edinburgh, which is aiming to help us all live better in later life.
There are currently 12 million people over the age of 65 in the UK and this figure is set to rise by 50% in the next 20 years. In response, we’ve provided £20m of funding so that the University can launch the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), which will carry out ground-breaking research into data-driven, personalised and affordable care. It aims to find solutions that will support the independence, dignity and quality of life of older people living in their own homes or supported environments.
There is a broad consensus that more research is needed into frailty, function, social isolation, quality of life and into maintaining independence in people with multiple health conditions. The ACRC will, therefore, look for ways that data science, artificial intelligence, assistive technologies and robotics can be embedded in health and social care systems.