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TV 2 Tai Chi

"TV 2 Tai Chi" is a Community-based fitness TV show which connects viewers with the real word trainers.

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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 idea is targeted to those who will be able to develop a TV program. If not a TV program than somewhere along the lines of a Webinar series or something like that. It should be able to convey the importance of Tai Chi indirectly rather than explicitly saying, "You are getting old and your legs are becoming weaker. It motivates willful elderly to take up Tai Chi lessons rather than avoiding their aging.

A Community-based fitness TV show helps to connect viewers with the real word trainers. The program is not advertised as a Fall Prevention which may lead to turn-off some elderly. Everyone wants to feel they are not old so some elderly tend to avoid programs targeted to elderly. So in this program, we are addressing it more as a way to learn Tai Chi. Based on the research it was evident that Tai Chi helps in reducing falls by improving balancing. Hence, this TV 2 Tai Chi program will prevent falls.

The idea was developed during the Design Jam for Healthy Aging Workshop at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The presentation of the idea can be viewed at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwwa4xHpV9RaNFN4OG9NNDh2UUU/view?usp=sharing

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Access to TV programs or a youtube channel viewed by elderly. Trying to incorporate such kind of program in that channel.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

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  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

I have worked in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship sector. I have experience in Design Thinking and have also worked in the areas of sustainable technologies and innovation.

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Cool idea, Adhish! Do you have any ideas on how one might garner the interest of senior citizens to watch this show?

Have a lovely day :)

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Team

Hi Grace , The show is supposed to be like an adult travel show, which showcases older adult traveling and through that medium promote healthy activities such as Tai Chi.

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Team

Hi Adhish!

Another great idea!

I thought this was interesting from an article in Media Life Magazine:

'Older people, by contrast, are less interested in going to YouTube for entertainment. They prefer to spend their leisure time using more traditional entertainment media, such as TV.

But they do hop on YouTube to seek assistance, specifically tutorials that can help them see how something is done.'
http://medialifemagazine.com/whos-watching-what-on-youtube/

I just want to highlight Wake up, hike out, tune in, move it: Learning from Japanese Radio exercise if you haven't already seen it, which has an interesting intergenerational element.

Sorry I don't know that much about US TV stations but how easy is it to be shown on public access TV or be aired on community radio? Do older adults access these more?

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Team

Thanks Adhish Patel  for posting this idea from the design jam. I hope someone will adopt it. Kate Rushton the idea emerged from our NYU Design for Healthy Aging Jam but the team who came up with the idea does not have the time / interest to push it forward. We thought we will still share to inspire others.
Great questions as always Kate Rushton 
While leaving in the US, I don't have answers about TV as I don't have a TV :-) But maybe Adhish or Bettina Fliegel can answer.
What I liked about this idea is that it could be quite local with connecting people watching the show to a local group and trainer. We even discussed the possibility of doing a prototype by finding a local group.
The prototype used the example of Tai Chi but you could imagine using different physical practices.

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Team

Thanks Adhish Patel  for posting this idea from the design jam. I hope someone will adopt it. Kate Rushton the idea emerged from our NYU Design for Healthy Aging Jam but the team who came up with the idea does not have the time / interest to push it forward. We thought we will still share to inspire others.
Great questions as always Kate Rushton 
While leaving in the US, I don't have answers about TV as I don't have a TV :-) But maybe Adhish or Bettina Fliegel can answer.
What I liked about this idea is that it could be quite local with connecting people watching the show to a local group and trainer. We even discussed the possibility of doing a prototype by finding a local group.
The prototype used the example of Tai Chi but you could imagine using different physical practices.

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Team

Hi Kate Rushton 
I don't know stats on what older adults watch in terms of TV. From life experience I know people who watch commercial, public, cable etc. The team working on this was thinking big, without constraints. As presented at the Design Jam it was meant to be a travel show, hosted by a celebrity. The celebrity would travel to different locales globally exploring how people exercise - like the group exercise practice mentioned in Japan. This variety of ecercise practices would be shared via the show. viewers would be encouraged to get up and participate doing the exercises at home. There was also mention of exploring other topics that might contribute to health and aging such as local cuisine, diet etc.

The idea to connect people locally was great. There was mention that maybe the celebrity host could highlight viewers and their exercise routines, or favorite exercise classes, trainers etc. on the show. As Anne-Laure mentions there was also discussion of how to connect viewers with each other locally, and to community exercise programs etc. using the show and maybe social media.

Adhish Patel  Thanks for posting this. I loved this idea during the jam. I hope it inspires someone to build on it!

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Interesting. I discovered this cable channel targeting "baby boomers".
http://www.rl.tv
http://www.rl.tv/shows/boomer-initiative/boomers-20-a-generation-re-imagined/

http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2013/07/08/how-retirees-spend-their-time