By 2025 the number of people requiring access to support and the strategies for responding to these needs are likely to change significantly. In 2012 IRISS embarked on a long term project with two aims:
The outcome of the first phase of this work is three reports covering the workforce, citizenship and enabling technology. Together these reports offer a comprehensive survey of current trends as well as speculation about the future.
To make the content of the reports more digestible, stimulate discussion and encourage engagement in the processes that will shape the future, we have created Alex Chisholm.
Alex is in his 70s. He has lived alone since his wife left him in his mid 50s after a prolonged period of arguments.
He has contact with his two daughters and their children. One daughter lives several hundred miles away but the other is local and he sees her frequently.
He smokes, has high alcohol consumption, poor diet and multiple long term conditions, including type 2 diabetes. He is becoming forgetful which could be vascular dementia.
He survived a heart attack but with his lifestyle and medical conditions it is possible that in 2013 he might be assessed as not having the capacity to live alone.
By 2025 technical, medical and cultural changes may combine to offer someone like Alex a richer, less isolated life in which he is able to exercise more choice and control.
Alex is of course a particular individual and cannot represent the diversity of the Scotland’s population. The issues raised can however act as a trigger to consider what 2025 may be like for a range of individuals.
Beside the animated snapshot of Alex’s life you will find a frame by frame breakdown of his story. At each frame you are invited to reflect on what is happening and follow links to the relevant parts of each report and to sources of more information. You can pause the video while you follow the links.
By the end you should understand more about the many forces, policies and technologies that might shape the future.
You may find this a useful tool for private study or for group discussions about the implications (social, legal, economic) for the workforce and people who receive care and support.