Why does the UK need Evermore?

How many of us want to go into a care home? We want the best for our relatives and ourselves. Our parents' generation have high expectations for their remaining years.
They want to keep up with their friends, spend time doing the things they love, take part in the community, learn new skills. Life is for living and it doesn’t stop just because you’re over a certain age. Yet, inertia and institutionalisation has led to a lack of innovation and limited housing choices for older people.

It’s time to make a change. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Our population is ageing

  • The number of households with someone over the age of 85 will double from 1.4 million in 2010 to just over 2.8 million in 2030. (ONS)
  • Nearly 2.5 million people over 75 live alone; over half are women. (Later Life, Aged UK)
  • There will be over 50 per cent more people with three or more long-term conditions in England by 2018 than there were in 2008. (Top of the Ladder, Demos)

Loneliness is a growing problem 

  • Between 6% and 13% of people aged over 65 say they feel always or very lonely (Victor, 2011)
  • People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people with a low degree of loneliness. (Later Life, Aged UK)

Unmet housing demand

  • 3.5 million people aged over 60 wish to buy retirement property, but only 100,000 suitable homes exist. (Top of the Ladder, Demos)
  • 75% of all older households are owner-occupiers but only one quarter of specialist housing is for purchase. (Later Life, Aged UK)

Aged Care is high on the political and social agenda. To learn more about the key policy issues,
please read more:

Strengthening relationships to prevent isolation and loneliness in older age Centre for Social Justice paper examining the impact of loneliness and isolation on older people’s health and wellbeing.

Meeting Lifestyle Aspirations of Older Consumers  A HousingLin viewpoint by Sara McKee examining the urgent need for greater innovation in the UK’s retirement and care sectors.

Ready for Ageing?  Report from the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change focusing on the implications of an ageing population.

The Commission on Residential Care A 2014 report by Demos on the future of residential care for disabled and older people.

Campaign to End Loneliness  A coalition of organisations and individuals working together to combat loneliness and inspire individuals to keep connected in older age in the UK.

Senior Cohousing Communities – an alternative approach for the UK? A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on whether co-housing is an option for older people.