2.1 billion people are projected to be over 60 by 2030, and nearly 70% of the world’s population live in cities – there are huge global growth and investment opportunities arising from longevity economies, encompassing all sectors as powerful engines for economic recovery and growth – including sustainable living and work places, education, care, sport, and leisure. 

Successfully planning and investing for this, demands a through-life cross generational approach. The UKs National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) based in Newcastle is working with a global network of Longevity Cities – leading on a data driven and human capital framework, innovating, co-designing products, services, and experiences to practically enable and unlock the potential of all businesses, high streets, and neighbourhoods. 

NICA has also just been awarded £5.6m to support 600 businesses in the North of Tyne with new opportunities and R&D innovations. This project will focus on the novel concept of the Internet of Caring Things (IoCT), defined as a network of connected objects and cognitive systems designed to actively care for people, their physical and mental wellbeing, and what really matters to them. They are pioneering what is possible for everybody to prosper, and live sustainable, healthier, longer lives – a blueprint for cities across the globe.  

To find out more meet the team at UKREiiF or visit https://uknica.co.uk/