INCREASING NUMBERS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE
As a result of improvements in living environments, advances in medicine, healthier lifestyles, etc. life expectancy is increasing by a year approximately every five years. According to demographic studies, France will have 17 million people over the age of 60 in 2020. In 2050, according to the INSEE (French national institute of statistical and economic information), close to one in three people will be over 60 years of age . Europe-wide, almost 10% of the population will be more than 80 years of age in 2040.
A growing number of the elderly want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. A desire that is explained in part by the fact that 74% of retired people own their own homes. So it is easy to understand that they are attached to their homes and want to stay in them.
THE HOME: INCREASING SAFETY FOR THE ELDERLY
As we get older, problems appear (with movement, orientation, memory and vision). Instead of being a "safe haven" our homes can become a much less safe environment. Every year more than two million people over the age of 65 suffer falls, at home in 80% of cases, in particular in their bathrooms. There are also risks of injury and death from gas poisoning and accidents caused by fire, though to a lesser extent.
A home that is equipped from the outset with intelligent solutions will help a person who has lost their independence, guiding their movement, making everyday actions easier and thus increasing their feeling of safety and that of their friends and family. The home, contributing to the prevention of risks, thus helps the person so that they do not feel diminished. As well as being a place of comfort, the home is now also a place of "safety".