IFTF + You
No single organization can solve the complex challenges facing the world today, particularly in the fields of health and health care. At IFTF, we bring together a wide variety of stakeholders—from health care to food and retail—to work toward more resilient responses for the complex challenges facing global health.
For more than 30 years IFTF’s Health Horizons Program has brought futures thinking to the world of health and health care by looking for unexpected connections across this variety of stakeholders. Our research explores the social, scientific, economic and technological forces affecting health and grounds them with a deep understanding of the lives of individuals and families. By sensing connections between large-scale change and individual lives, we help organizations develop strategic insights and long-range initiatives to transcend boundaries and create person-centered approaches to supporting health and well-being.
The future of health-aware environments: redesigning our experience
What happens when the pills we put in our bodies connect to our homes and clinics to capture and deliver health information in real time? When sensors and cameras embedded in our environments create comprehensive, real-time records of our health? When our physical spaces “wake up” and enable us to enlist them to help us manage our health?
An astounding array of everyday objects—from food to furniture, buildings to bodies, cars to cities—are becoming connected and interconnected across scales. Over the next decade, as more than 50 billion of these kinds of objects become connected to each other, they will take us beyond today’s landscape of wearable technologies and usher in a world of health aware environments, where our homes, cars, offices and clinics can be redesigned and enlisted to help us manage our health.
November 12-13 Health Horizons will be hosting a fall event exploring Health-Aware Environments—what happens when we push beyond individual consumer markets of wearables and build support for well-being into all of our surroundings. The future of aging well, which we forecasted in the spring, depends on age-inclusive spaces and support for well-being at every age. This event will combine our public face—with an open house, public foresight jam, and keynote—with a day of insight and action generation with our research sponsors. The event will take the format of living artifacts from the future, focusing on the spaces and interactions that will be transformed by these technologies and the practices they support, from home and retail to hospitals and clinics.
The future of aging: living longer, aging well
As we look out toward 2025, we can see demographic patterns that are at once unprecedented and seemingly unsustainable. Numbers like a global population of 1.2 billion people over the age of 60 suggest a stark future in which many of our traditional health institutions are overwhelmed by a gap between capacity and demand. But these numbers conceal a wave of new adaptations by the entire population—adaptations to our rapidly changing economic, social, technological, and natural environments—that have the potential to transform the human experience of aging and how we pursue health, well-being, and joy in our lives.
In 2014, we embarked on a global exploration of the most novel and innovative efforts that will help us overcome this gap and create a sustainable and resilient landscape for aging. In June, we held our 2014 spring research conference, Living Longer, Aging Well. Watch for the public release of our aging research in 2015.