The Future of Robots in a Super-Aged Society

Ala Szczepura, Toshio Nomura, Deidre Wild

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    A Super-ageing population and challenges
    It is estimated that the world population aged 65+ will triple from 6.9% to 20% by 2050 [1]. Across the world, different countries are at various stages in this super-ageing journey. Japan is the most rapidly ageing society with 28.2% now in this age group; in contrast, emerging economies such as India have some of the world’s youngest populations (6.1% aged 65+) [2]. The creation of super-aged societies will be without parallel in human history. While people may be living longer, it is also important to consider their Quality of Life (QoL), whether these additional years are ‘healthy life years’ [3]. Looking into the future, China is the country faced with the largest challenge in the next 30 years with a growth in older citizens to 26% of the population (366 million by 2050) [4]. An additional challenge associated with super-ageing is the group of increasingly frail older population (aged 85+) which is currently the fastest
    growing population world-wide; in the UK this is predicted to double in size by 2041 and treble by 2066 [5].
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)18-21
    Number of pages4
    JournalAnnals of Robotics and Automation
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2020

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