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We've come to the end of the road for our Healthy Ageing Challenge, and what a fun and collaborative ride it's been! When the challenge launched in June we knew this topic would be a great one to tackle, but as always you wowed us with your energy, thoughtfulness and creativity.

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As a designer, I see the topic of agiing as one our greatest global priorities and challenges, and my colleagues at IDEO agree. Currently IDEO's community of designers is engaging in a conversation around opportunity areas for ageing – with the goal of pushing the envelope on our thinking and refining our own internal point of view.

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Gretchen Addi is an Associate Partner and currently a business lead at IDEO in the Bay Area. She also provides mentorship and guidance to the Design Research discipline. Gretchen is passionate about the power of empathy and design and the people who make it happen, as well as the author of an internal point of view to better understand the needs of the ageing population.

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In OpenIDEO's Healthy Ageing Challenge, we're exploring how each of us can maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age. To learn more about our challenge sponsor's interest in the topic, we checked in with Francesca Ripple, Public Affairs Communications Manager for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic.

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It's been less than a week since the beginning of the Healthy Ageing Challenge, and the OpenIDEO community has already contributed more than one hundred inspirations! Here are three of the major themes I've observed so far: stay active, stay social, and mentality matters.

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