All of my earlier ideas for how older people could use the accumulated wealth in all their assets, have been directed at raising the profile of older people in society. At the moment they are too often forgotten or wished away, or worst of all, ignored completely.
In the next couple of decades, the population of older people in the UK is set to double. This will be a massive problem unless attitudes towards older people and by older people themselves in society change dramatically. Greater longevity inevitably leads to bigger demands on the health service and it is essential that we gear up for this, rather than regarding older people as “bed blockers” and a burden on society.
It’s also vital that everywhere and everything becomes much more accessible and age friendly. Currently the rapid advance of technology is leaving far too many people behind. Local shops, post offices and banks are all closing. More and more services are going online. This is the reverse of what needs to happen but I don’t mean that we turn technology back. A key thing to do is to make technology much more easy to use for older people.
One way of doing this is for older people themselves to take a lead with a “GIVE IT ALL BACK CAMPAIGN”. This initiative would invest in projects which make life easier for older people but could also be used by everybody else in society.
Older people are already the backbone of many voluntary organisations, where they give their time freely for a charitable endeavour. Now they could use their new found £Trillions by donating to charities doing research into a variety of medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, hearing and sight loss, mobility etc.
It should not only be things that go directly to older people. The “GIVE BACK CAMPAIGN” should support intergenerational projects, linking the wisdom of older people with the needs of the younger generation. Socialising and communicating skills could be shared with a younger generation whose best friend is an iPhone. The other side of the coin is that young people could teach older people how to use modern technology.