With medical advances and changing lifestyles the world is experiencing a growth the elderly population. An article from Fox News.com highlighted the shift in global population dynamics”
The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study going out Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder rights group.
The report ranks the social and economic well-being of elders in 91 countries, with Sweden coming out on top and Afghanistan at the bottom. It reflects what advocates for the old have been warning, with increasing urgency, for years: Nations are simply not working quickly enough to cope with a population graying faster than ever before. By the year 2050, for the first time in history, seniors over the age of 60 will outnumber children under the age of 15
The implication for design is far reaching. Instead of focussing on existing markets, that are quite frankly saturated with products, designers should investigate the new growing market of aged individuals. If one looks around you can notice great designs which already address this, like the utensil designed by Lift Labs. The focus on universal design principles and establishment of dignified independence through design makes me excited about the future of design.