Between 1946-1964 the largest generation was created. The “Baby Boomers” radically changed society at every stage of their lives, as they will do so in their senior years, “from considerations regarding drugs, sex, rebellion and rock and roll to ending of life issues” and “will challenge long term facilities to in state new policies” James Sibeski. They have lived through post war food rationing to Deliveroo, from telegrams to the Internet, from Perry Como to Black Sabbath. From “The Year of Love” to the bombing of Hiroshima. From Charlie Chaplin to Monty Python… Mods, Rockers, Skins, Hippies, Punks, Goths and beyond.
The “Baby Boomers” will redefine old age. This longer living, “toughing things out”, cohort will face significant challenges from failing body systems to mental health issues from depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cataract, incontinence to loneliness and from Dementia to substance abuse or misuse.
The Silver Tsunami is about to reach landfall hoping to see 2020 Design Vision for a very different future. Not one that is visually and mentally debilitating, containing Parker Knoll derivatives, fireplaces, over-sized clocks, rocking chairs, menageries of grabrails, flock wallpaper, nicotine colour ways all saturated in a Biome of “senior home” smells, unsuccessfully masked by Rose/Lavender scents.
What would inhabit this new world? Oxygen bars, Snoezelen Spaces, VR to fly a kite in Hawaii, “Zimmer” band gigs, grannies boxing to reduce Parkinson tremors, Dementia Pubs and Cafes, sheds to rebuild motorbikes, invention workshops, robotics, exotic pets, LED pillows, body driers, Tomek fittings, Toto WCs, Amazon, Google, Microsoft digitized support and virtual mental health consultations.
Let us deconstruct, reconstruct and reboot today’s obsolete concepts into forward-looking paradigms focusing on invisibly and symbiotically supportive features that create environments that offer experiences that empower.