Global ageing problem threatening society
The ageing global population demands a completely new approach; the percentage of elderly and number of seniors is growing fast globally and projections show that this will not diminish until 2050. According to data from World Population Prospects: the 2017 Revision, the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100. Globally, population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups.
As a consequence, already today, the elderly are confronted with housing shortages, rising housing costs and a deterioration of living conditions when they need assistance.
Often, they can only rely upon informal care, or benefit from assisted living, when they need a higher form of care. In the event of urgent and daily (intensive) care, they end up in facilities that are overpopulated, have to share a room and relinquish their privacy and general standard of living. At the same time, society is changing and the latest elderly generation are not accepting this inferior treatment. They demand living conditions that are at least comparable to what they have been used to: they do not want to be treated as second grade citizens, locked up, isolated and left in their residential areas to pass their days without purpose.
Since we know governments are already struggling to find the budgets needed, we can definitely state that this is only the start of a problem which will affect society as a whole.
The Pulchram advisory committee and team has a high-tech industry background and feels challenged by the huge opportunity there is to leverage available solutions for the ‘old fashioned’ elderly care sector and finally introduce a radical change.
Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century, with implications for nearly all sectors of society, including labour and financial markets, the demand for goods and services, such as housing, transportation and social protection, as well as family structures and intergenerational ties. The Pulchram organization has a mission to fight this problem effectively.
Student housing showing similar challenges:
Growing need for affordable housing
Affordable student housing is a rising problem in many countries in the world. Often it is the lack of housing, in other cases it is the problem of affordable housing. This is illustrated by these quotes from UK research of a sample of 6696 students where 2870 students meet the definition of living in the private rented sector. “Many students reported that affordability was a key concern for them in deciding where to live and many reported that they are struggling financially as a result of the cost of their accommodation.”
Source: Homes fit for study; the state of student housing in the UK, www.nus.org.uk
Pulchram offers solutions in combination with elderly care (called community homes, a dual function home with elderly and floors dedicated for student living). The buildings are designed to host both groups. Both groups face the same issues. They require both high noise insulation values, they both need less living space, and they both tend to be wanting to live in communities.
The designed buildings host apartments starting from living spaces from 24 m2 to 118 m2. In case the building is configured with the smaller sized apartments, they can hold up to more than 300 apartments.