A thriving lifespan.

With estimates projecting a shift by 2024 where the population over 65 years exceeds those under 15 (WHO, 2023), longevity takes on a profound significance, transcending the mere passage of time. This demographic shift brings profound consequences for all key spheres of life, placing strains on healthcare systems and economic markets, as they strive to meet the needs of an ageing population. This entails ensuring an enhanced quality of life, through preventive measures and therapeutic interventions, but also addressing the imperative of long-term financial sustainability.

In this context, technology emerges as a transformative force. It is reshaping medical care, with AI, Big Data, and Robotics enabling more precise diagnostics and innovative treatments, while facilitating the integration of drones for healthcare delivery, driverless ambulances, and the use of telemedicine, wearable tech, and health apps to facilitate remote access to healthcare. Nonetheless, ethical considerations persist, emphasizing the irreplaceable role of human care. As health technology innovations continue to address emerging issues, like climate change, health disparities, antibiotic resistance, and mental health, there is a growing need to re-evaluate healthcare practices to address the new challenges posed by this new era of longevity.

How can societies prepare for the demographic shift towards an ageing population?

What are the main challenges of this new era of longevity?

In what ways can technology be leveraged to improve access to healthcare for aging populations, particularly in remote areas?