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A physical and online community to prepare for and discuss falls

Let's provide a physical and online community where elderly adults and health care providers can track progress and begin a conversation.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Designed for: Older adults, moderately to max independent with daily activities (they can walk, have access to a mode of transportation, good mental acuity, able to follow instructions). How does it enable: Provides a structured class environment where personal growth/progress is emphasized, a community of support, and a online tool/platform where personal progress is recorded and shared with their health care provider.

There is no medium where elderly adults and health care providers can have an active, continual discussion about preventing falls. The solution relies on motivation and determination by the elderly adult to continue pursuing self-improvement. It relies on health care providers taking time during appointments to go over results and discussing progress. But first, we need to build online tools and a community where elderly adults can begin their journey towards physical progress.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Provide a sample class at a community senior center or library, marketing collateral with information about the program, have participants fill out a survey on what they want to see in the program.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Marketing, design, program management, community outreach specialists, nonprofit experience, healthcare providers (geriatrics, physical therapy, occupational therapy)

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • An OpenIDEO Outpost or Chapter
  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

Currently a stay-at-home mom and licensed physical therapist assistant who has worked in outpatient orthopedics. Formerly worked in print and online publication, as well as e-commerce.

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