Help elderly people!

Great open call. Share your innovative concepts, bright ideas and solve this challenge.


Nagaraja Magonahalli's picture
Nagaraja Magonahalli

The wise suggestion by my Doctor was to always use a walking stick after 75 years, make sure there are no obstructions on the way, see the path is well lit, keep moving very close to a wall, hand grill so as to fall back for support in the event of likely fall

Sari Erpo's picture
Sari Erpo

wow Rozemarijn that is super interesting. In Finland we are piloting a Post service, where post man are cutting grass and shovelling snow - but not all very happy about this change. They consider that state owned service should concentrate to post delivering instead of expanding it's services to other sectors, where private companies are selling their products and services. When people set public vs. private, to the other side of the pole, the discussion is getting very polarised black and white, and that is actually not leading anywhere. For the further development or engagement this is challenging. To understand, how can we change attitudes, habits and create new ones or replace older ones, is a great start. As they say: old habits die hard. Even the society is changing and generations are facing new dilemmas, that didn't exist before. So many things are linked to elderly care and getting older :) to summarise my thoughts, what I think went wrong in Finland, was the way Post informed people / customers about role change and how press and especially social media handled the case. In these days you need to consider social media and open data sources all the time . Call would be great :D wish you a great day

Rozemarijn deFeijter's picture
Rozemarijn deFeijter

Hi Maaike, I'm actually quite involved in this subject! As business Development Manager @ PostNL in the Smart City team, I focus on Smart Living, with an emphazisis elderly care. And I could not agree with Sari more. That's why I'm investigating how our mail men, often a well-known and trusted person in the neighbourhood, can make a difference in elderly care. I believe that they can make actual personal contact with the elderly, and that this personal attention can make the difference in social initiatieves as well as in care solutions at home. I'm also involved in a pilot to prevent falling. Why don't we set up a call?

Sari Erpo's picture
Sari Erpo

That is an excellent opening - and following later posts. When we talk about smart cities and smart devices etc. how can we add feelings to the word smart? How can we get smart to feel something that it worth of even trying, adapting, sharing, exploring ...? That might be one way to get people committed to projects, plans and ideas, when emotions are added to words. We can even create places and services with emotions, where better living experience is the key element. How can better share cultural knowledge could also lead us the way, when searching new ideas among all inhabitants. These were quick words that popped to my mind when reading the header