Our team decided to create awareness and build community by using a mobile application to get a deeper insight on the emotional and physical abilities of our elder population. The mobile application will start by asking personal details like
- Health insurance card
- Doctors name
- Living alone or with family
The next step is a series of questions designed to interact with the user without disrupting their attitude towards the self-assessment. Questions will be framed keeping in mind not to ask questions in an insensitive or blunt fashion. Rather questions will be framed in a positive way so that we may understand the user's physical, emotional, and social abilities.
A brief report of their results will be presented to them at the end of their self-assessment test. This report may be shared with their family members and doctor based on their preference. This report will enable family members to understand the user’s strengths and weaknesses so that they may better assist them with their needs. This information may also be used to identify complementary strengths and weakness so that positive interdependence can be fostered within the family, reinforcing family bonds.
The idea of the self-assessment is to make them aware of their positive strengths so that they can find a way to help others while at the same time being able to seek help from others with strengths they do not have. They can share their results with others around their neighborhood to let others know what they can offer and what they might need help with. This way people in the neighborhood can help each other out to create a stronger community.
The mobile application will also serve as a platform to share pictures with others in the community about any hazards in the environment. Users may discuss best practices they found useful for their commute or activities of daily living. This will also help the others go out and do things carefully by watching out for hazards and go to places suggested in the application.
The solution is to increase awareness of the positive aspects of interdependence. It encourages users to come to peace with aging and to age gracefully rather than feeling shame with their steady loss of independence. We are planning to design questions and get feedback from elders to see what they like and what they do not want to answer. The idea is to make them comfortable answering the questions and understand themselves better through the self-assessment.