Connecting, Companionship, Avoiding Loneliness

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, Saratoga Retirement Community, Palo Alto

Discussion Summary

This is a discussion segment from an Intergenerational Workshop on the topic of ""What needs to be different about design of a product to be used by 85yr olds compared to design of a product designed to be used by 25 yr olds?

The Post-its framed this as an issue primarily in designing for older adults. Ken Smith made the point that actually the age group most affected by these chalenges are those around 25!

The discussion covered themes like:

  • social media and the perpetual quest for interaction;
  • how mobility limitation contributes to isolation;
  • older adults tend to be geographically segregated, so interactions between generations are less common than they might otherwise be;
  • while older adults live longer, the opportunities for grandparent - grandchild interaction are declining.


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Key words: 
Connectedness, social isolation, loneliness