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Train large dogs to come alongside older people as they start to fall and block the fall.

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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?

This would be suitable for older people who are liable to fall and who like dogs! The dogs would have to be trained. This would have the added advantage of providing companionship. There would have to be provision for someone to walk the dog, or maybe they could run alongside a mobility scooter? This would be a fun way of preventing falls and would have no stigma attached.

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

See if the people who train dogs to help in various situations would be willing to train a couple of dogs for this as an experiment.

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

Does anyone have experience in training dogs for specific tasks?

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I work in Africa in training.


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Photo of Christel Tardif

Hi Margaret
In last IDEO U course From Ideas to Action, I read someone's assignment and it was in a very similar subject with a lot of ideas. I don't know if he participates in this challenge.
Kate, i don't know how you can connect ideas? 

Photo of Joanna Spoth

Hi Christel Tardif ! :) We're hoping jeremy medford publishes his idea about Awareness Animals soon. Thanks for the reminder. There's another idea called Raderie, a Motivational App for Seniors that might be interesting for you to check out, Margaret Hill 

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