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Stats, damned stats! - Care Innovation - Issue #4

Stats, damned stats! - Care Innovation - Issue #4
By the team at Yokeru • Issue #4 • View online
Good morning all
The daily note which Hec and I write focusses on innovation in the care sector. But, without appreciating the context of who stands to benefit from adopting new technology, apps and processes, it is easy to overlook the scale of the problem.
Today is a quick bullet point list—a brief and friendly reminder (to ourselves as well!) of the UK’s demographics. 
Population age breakdown (ONS,2018k):
In the UK there are
  • ~12 million people aged 65+
  • 5.4 million people aged 75+
  • 1.6 million people aged 85+
  • 500,000 people are aged 90+
The most striking statistic is:
  • The 85+ cohort is the fastest growing. The size of the group is set to double by 2041 and treble by 2066 (to 5.1 million people which will be 7% of the population!)
Population health stats:
  • Dementia: 1 in 6 people 80+ have dementia (17%) (Alzheimer’s Research UK, 2019;)
  • Falls: half of people aged 80+ fall at least once a year (PHE, 2018c)
  • Frailty: 65% of people 90+ suffer from frailty (Gale, Cooper & Sayer, 2015)
A couple of companies who are leveraging technology to make an impact
Mindset4dementia have highlighted that 62% of people who have dementia go undiagnosed. The company has created an app-based AI-powered screening tool which, in tests, outperforms GPs. You can join the movement and help train their app here:

Active Pelvis Orthosis
Active Pelvis Orthosis
An Exoskeleton developed in Switzerland, (specifically called an Active Pelvis Orthosis), is being worn by individuals in care homes improves balance to reduce the likelihood of falls (I’m not sure about the cost implications of this but it looks incredible).
To finish
Yes, many do and will require support. However, this should not blind us to the impact made by organisations already on the front foot of innovation.
Until tomorrow!
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