Why Do I Care About Old People?
10 million people in the UK are over 65 years old. The latest projections are for 5½ million more elderly people in 20 years time and the number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050. As we age our mobility can be comprimised, leaving us less able to attend events, and as network of friends and family naturally diminishes this can leave many feeling isolated and lonely. Traditional care services are based on basic needs, and leave out the many varied social needs that we all have, and this is the gap we'd love to see solved, after all we'll all be old one day!
In contrast, many older people are vibrant, intelligent individuals with much to say so we love to speak to them and hear their views. The elderly have skills which they can share with us, engineering and dress making are just some of the things I've learned about recently, so this is a truely two way relationship... the loss of connection between the generations is like the loss of the Milk Float, quiet but heartbreaking.
It's a good question! The starting point was I grew up in a village and always thought they were pretty handsome. On moving to London I realised that transport costs around three kidneys per week to pay for, when I suddenly realised that a milk float gets round the congestion charge, tax, and a million other things. Quintessentially British, a total 'green' machine, what more could you want?