Today, more than 27 percent of Japan’s population is over 65–the highest proportion of older adults in the world. By 2050, 40 percent of Japan’s population is projected to be over 65. StatNews reports that Japan is planning for the future, testing technology to improve health and the quality of life for older adults.
One technology uses virtual reality to engage older adults. The goal is to motivate and inspire older adults by taking them on virtual journeys around the world. Virtual reality can bring back happy memories of trips and experiences in an earlier life. It can also carry them to places they have never been, all in the comfort of their homes.
A second technology relies on robots to keep older people company, improving their mental health. A robot can feel like a new member of the family. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
In 2060, the number of people over 65 in the US is expected to grow from 46 million (15 percent of the population) to 98 million (24 percent of the population). Will the US invest in the necessary technologies, infrastructure and resources to help ensure a good quality of life for older Americans?
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