OpenIDEO Healthy Ageing Challenge Top 20 pt. 4


In part four of our five-part series, we take a look at four more final concepts from the OpenIDEO Healthy Ageing Challenge.

Knowledge Tree is a platform that will help individuals create authentic relationships based on common interests or activities. Initially, the idea was a way for children to "adopt" a grandparent and create a new type of family. However, Knowledge Tree’s goal has now expanded into the creation of a community of people based upon real common interests. Imagine, Tommy is 10 years old and wants to learn about Outer Space. Cindy is 68 years old and was an astronomer. Knowledge Tree would be able identify that common interest and connect the two of them.

The Caregivers Wellness Toolkit provides essential tools and items that a new caregiver would need as they begin their new role. Caregivers are sometimes thrust into this new role and have to quickly learn to make decisions for others. By creating a physical, as well as virtual, box of goodies and information for caregivers, a new caregiver would receive helpful guidance to enable them to be the best caregiver they can be.

Staying in the Loop is an app that allows recipients of care to monitor the progress of their care each day. It allows the user to plan her day and create a sense of safety by removing the precious uncertainty. The app would also be equipped with features that would allow it be used by both the caregiver and recipient. The caregiver will be able to access their schedule, routes and find information about the person they’re about to visit and what tasks need to be completed. The recipient, on-the-other-hand, might receive the name and face of who is coming to visit or keep them updated on the progress of their day.

Designing-Our-Future Participatory Pods is a simple concept: Bring the Design-Thinking methodology to the aging communities themselves; Empower aging men and women to build on a lifetime of experience, collaborate with others and help to create and innovate for themselves and for their communities. The participatory pods would be located within senior or community centers and assisted living facilities, where retired/aging/mature individuals could participate in a structured, facilitated design-thinking process.

Don’t forget to visit the OpenIDEO Healthy Ageing Challenge page to learn more about the top 20 designs, as well as add comments and help create mockups and sketches. You can even run a small prototype in your community and report back on OpenIDEO!