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OAPs to 'travel world in luxury'

24 October 2013 09:27

People over the age of 60 could be set to travel more in the future

People over the age of 60 could be set to travel more in the future

Over-60s could lead a jet set lifestyle in the future travelling to custom-built luxury homes all over the world.

This is according to a report about how ageing populations could impact on society in coming decades. The research by Building Futures, the think tank of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba), envisages a future in 2035 when it is estimated almost a third of people will be aged 60 or above.

In one of the scenarios imagined in the Silver Linings report, wealthy and influential "third-agers" travel between countries via an international network of luxury residences specially built with older travellers in mind. In this scenario the luxury dwellings would replace individually-owned homes.

In the event of such a scenario seniors travel insurance would become increasingly essential for over-60s, giving people in the age bracket peace of mind about their health requirements when venturing overseas.

The report expects the next generation of over-60s to be more affluent and wield greater economic, social and political power and influence than those currently in this age range.

There could also be a rise in multi-generational homes being built, with space becoming a premium as family members live for longer. It is also predicted that grandparents will play a more active role in family life, helping look after children more often as a thank you for being given a place to live.

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: "Over-60s, active third-agers, are going to become increasingly prevalent and a powerful voice in the very near future.

"This report speculates how an active third age could have a positive impact on Britain's economic opportunities and the very look and feel of our homes, towns and cities.

"But beyond the speculation, it illustrates a pressing need to plan now how we are going to respond to this clear, impending demographic shift."