Demographic change brings new challenges and opportunities. The arts and humanities have a big part to play towards meeting the needs of older people and improving their health and wellbeing. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has supported a range of research projects in this area.
Demographic change and ageing populations are bringing new challenges and opportunities to countries around the world. The World Health Organisation noted that Europe’s population is forecast to increase its proportion of people aged 65 and over from 14% in 2010 to 25% in 2050. Other world regions are also finding that more people are living longer.
This rapid change means we need to find ways of ageing well and promoting wellbeing in later years. The arts and humanities have a part to play here recognising:
- the value of the arts to wellbeing
- the quality of life and social participation
- how design needs to meet the changing needs of people as they age
- the ethics of care for vulnerable populations
- the importance of memory and connections in ageing communities.