Social Isolation (p1)

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

 

We all know Social Isolation is an especially large and important challenge of aging. In this series of discussions among older adults, we explore things like:

  • Can different living arrangements help?
  • How do these older adults like tools like Skype and Facetime, and how best can we teach these tools?
  • What is the root cause of social isolation in the case of various specific individuals?
  • Why is it hard to meet people and what can you do about it?

 

Listen to the audio recordings

The Loneliness of Old Age

Discussion of Social Isolation and Loneliness by the Longevity Explorers @ Avenidas

 


 

Brainstorming: Better, More Frequent Connections to Friends

This is a brainstorming exercise between a group of Longevity Explorers and a group of students participating in the 2018 Stanford Longevity Design Competition.

We are brainstorming a "product to make connecting with friends more likely and more satisfactory".

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Social Isolation in Age: Challenges and Solutions

What is isolation? Is it a choice, a mindset or just a lack of options? For some it's something in the future, not now, but more associated with future incapacitation. Another view is from a member who likes to be alone with friends checking  in – so he may be alone, but he is not lonely....

 


 

Connecting, Companionship, Avoiding Loneliness

Intergenerational discussion about connectedness and loneliness.

 


 

How Can We Reduce Isolation and Loneliness in Age?

The Longevity Explorer group discusses some of the causes and the antidotes to loneliness and isolation in older adults, whether living at home or in a community setting.

Causes discussed include poor health, hearing loss, lack of purpose, and depression.

Possible solutions...

 


 

Helping Memory Impaired People Engage with Others

One member spoke of the isolation engulfing his wife as her dementia advances. She can no longer do email but does enjoy Face-time and photo sharing with family and friends. However, she is unable to initiate or even respond to a Face-time call on her own.

The group struggled to fully...

 


 

Loneliness and Social Isolation: SFV

The group is asked for their observations and comments about isolation and loneliness in later life. Hearing loss is discussed as an isolating condition. Problems with vision, mobility and depression are mentioned as others which limit human contact and reinforce isolation.

Suggested...

 


 

Housing Solutions to Social Isolation

The type of housing we occupy can greatly affect not only our physical but also our mental wellbeing.

Discussion about different housing options was spirited and informed. Many participants in this Longevity Circle are members of the Avenidas Village that provides resources for people who...

 


 

Too Much Unfilled Time

Explorer Mary has too much unfilled time, and asks how she can fill her free time, especially in the evenings.

 


 

Barriers to Living Independently: EVC Explorers Discuss

The Explorers are asked to think of what could get in the way of staying independent.

 


 

About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Social Isolation is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Social Isolation, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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