Hi, everyone and Matt, thank you for such a generous introduction. And thanks so much for putting this event on and for inviting me. I’m really excited to be here and to continue the conversations. I have eight minutes, so I'm going to be super speedy. I hope I can get through and share with you more about Ageable and our vision for the future of care.
Hi, I'm Alice. I'm very much a care activist, I want the world to be a radically different one from the one that we're living in. And this is why I've set Ageable up, to use imagination and creativity to redesign the way we live, age and care.
The future of care
Ageable is a product of my own experience, which is the intersection of design and innovation and ageing and care. It was a way of me being able to turn a lot of my own frustrations of seeing what was really happening through the care sector, especially during the pandemic, and change things around the sector I really care about.
I'm going to share with you a little bit about what we're imagining for the future of care, why it matters and how we might get there. We're all dreaming of a future where we aspire to age, an intergenerational future that’s not defined by our age brackets. A future filled with ageing experiences that are also filled with caring practices. Also part of this is a future care economy, where care takes centre stage.
So why does it matter? The impact on care homes through COVID-19 has been astonishing. 66,102 people have died in care homes through the pandemic. We've seen them be hit like never before. They've had to do everything they can to manage and make sense of so many challenges without the true support that they deserve.