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Freedom Program

Community Program for Healthy Ageing and maintaining independence

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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?

The idea is designed for older adults who are transitional or independent and they do not wish to lose their independence. A key theme is "Design for Dignity"

 Are you retired, living alone or your kids have moved away and have a lot of free time on hand? If you answered yes to one or many options , the Freedom Program is for you.

The Program will consist of the following phases:

Phase 1.  Information Boot camp: Information sessions to old adults along with caregivers/family members. These week long boot-camps are designed to educate you, your friends and family on healthy ageing, diet, exercise and posture correction. Our community building games and exercises help you connect with like-minded people.

Phase 2.  Providing the tools:Once we are convinced that all participants are ready for the next phase we provide some tools, one being the Super Suit App that helps you count your steps, provides gamified fall prevention exercises and quizzes and lets you compete with other members of the community. You can redeem the points you earn to get discounts at retail stores. 

Phase 3.  Weekly Sessions:  Our weekly sessions are held at different locations parks, community centers, homes of our members where taichi, yoga, exercises and group sharing sessions on falls, family, diet and ageing take place. Every 2 weeks we have an update on health checks and diet from the members and get them connected to the right people.

Phase 4. Share Success: We want the community to grow bigger and bigger, phase 3 will share success stories of what works best for the group what benefits they achieved so that they can inspire others. We could start a web-series or podcast to reach larger audiences.

Phase 5. Sustaining & Engaging Members : Continuously engaging members and ensuring they are maintaining their healthy habits are are connected. Getting older adults engaged technologically by having certain programs on mobile and internet use.  


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

Start the boot-camp as soon as possible

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard
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Tuba Naziruddin check Kate's idea https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/ideas/thoughtstarter-how-might-we-improve-the-external-physical-environment-and-awareness-of-this-environment-to-prevent-falls some of the suggestions regarding sharing

In particular "Poorly maintained sidewalks and walking without thinking lead to Charles falling.

Can we use technology to alert Charles to fall hazards e.g. uneven pavements/sidewalks or allow Charles to report them to other older adults and the city authorities?" reminded me of what Soyeon and you discussed today.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
Team

Hi.
Check out this idea that was recently posted.
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/ideas/pathvu-accessible-pedestrian-routing

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