We’re making it easier for over 3000 older people to remain independent for longer.
The SPIDER project will use design to create innovative new solutions that reduce the cost of the ageing population
on local authorities and design services that enable older people to live independently for longer.
In all four regions there are extensive networks of community services already working in this area, however with cuts
to public services and an ageing population public authorities need to think radically differently about these issues in
order to meet citizen’s needs.
According to Eurostat, pensions, health and long-term care for the elderly cost an average of 27% of GDP for EU
Member States (compared with 15% in US and 17% in Japan). Eurostat projections indicate that by 2050 the
EU will have lost 48 million people of working age (16 to 64) and will have gained 58 million pensioners (65 and over).
This means that fewer workers will pay for more pensions and care. From four working people supporting each
pensioner in 2004, this ratio will drop to one by 2050, posing a severe financing problem for existing social