Smart Retirement Homes: A Cure for Taiwan's Ageing Problem?
Imagine a day like this in your future: as the rosy dawn light wakes you up, a motion sensor detects your movement and automatically lights up the room. You hold a customized handrail and step on the carpet that incorporates built-in safety technology. Everything in your life is safe, carefree, and convenient thanks to AI control. This is a smart retirement home, the future of elderly living care.
Smart retirement homes are specifically built for the elderly and include integrated management systems that provide a senior-friendly environment. Each living space is designed for seniors 50 or older, and must meet strict criteria such as safety and accessibility. It should also provide basic medical care and a quiet environment. Existing smart retirement homes offer recreational group activities and community services that improve the quality of living for the elderly.
Smart retirement homes could be one of the solutions to Taiwan's ageing society, as a rising elderly population continues to put a major strain on the government budget. Like other countries that are in a similar predicament, Taiwan has a low birthrate, low sub-replacement fertility rate, and a shrinking number of available workers. Taiwan has an elderly population that comprises at least 7 percent of the total population; it is on track to becoming a "hyper-ageing" society, in which the elderly are predicted to make up 20 percent of the population by 2025. Within 10 years, Taiwan will overtake Japan as the fastest-ageing nation in the world.