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My Grandma is on Facebook!

Createand design an on-line platform for people of all ages that combines Facebook, Angie's List, Care.com and self identified personal health care information and puts resources and the ability to connect and interact all in one secured place.

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When I read the abstract, “Aging in Community: Mobilizing a New Paradigm of Older Adults as a Core Social Resource”, I was thinking that it would be wonderful to be able to have a technology that would enhance these 6 actionable themes that were listed in the abstract. The six themes being: meaningful involvement, aging in place, respect and inclusion, communication and information, transportation and mobility, health and well-being was the impetus for the “Silver Fox” platform.

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This platform would be called the Silver Fox and members (Silver Fox Club members) would register on -line and be prompted to enter basic information about themselves (as little or as much as they want) and from that, the Silver Fox tool would then create a customizable portal for this person that would center on their interests, health status, and other related topics.<o:p></o:p>

This platform would be able to connect seniors with other seniors using various computer-based algorithms to group and sort participants by age (50 and fabulous vs. Seventy and Spectacular), interests, health conditions (similar to Patients Like Me that are self reported--no HIPAA violations here!), location, and other pertinent demographic information to customize the experience.  <o:p></o:p>

This platform would be like an Angie's List where participants could ask about a certain doctor or care plan based on searchable topics and get feedback from their peer group. <o:p></o:p>

This platform could be like Amazon.com where the member could find various products tailored to the needs and interests of the member.<o:p></o:p>

There could even be a place where the member could enter their health information and receive alerts about foods and exercise, even doctor's visits and medication refill alerts and all sorts of behavior modifying techniques to help manage health and enhance lives.<o:p></o:p>

This platform could also serve as a coupon club where participating businesses would give discounts to persons that received information about their products from this site. Much more robust than the Senior’s discount at Shoney’s!<o:p></o:p>

If a member enters his/her birthday, anniversary, or special date then a virtual gift/coupon/ peer group is alerted and that member receives well wishes and support from all the members. This could especially be rewarding for the older adult who has outlived their immediate family and friends and be part of a virtual community would be of great benefit.<o:p></o:p>

There could be community resources about upcoming activities and even a place to connect, chat, and share with other older adults on the site like Facebook and twitter.  Of course all this information will be accessible on a smart phone-- (there would be a “Silver Fox” app for that). <o:p></o:p>

This concept is interesting to me because it allows for creative dialogue and information sharing to occur in real time using various inputs and the ability to have everything you need in one place.  What is unique about such a concept is that although there is a focus on the older adult, anyone could join and this would be a cross-generational tool, thus bridging the gap between all generations.<o:p></o:p>

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How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

Using an on-line platform and dowloading a free app, anyone that was interested in staying connected and linking themselves to others would have immediate access to this diverse virtual community.

How might your idea attract and involve partners from health care, business, government, nonprofit or other sectors?

This idea would certaintly attract and involve healthcare partners, business, government, and non-profit sectors because this concept builds on existing platforms. The technology already exists however not all the technologies are in one place.

The potential to leverage this type of platform or application would allow the various sectors to partner together to create a product that would be "first in market".

This concept is unique in that it repurposes the idea of an online community and provides a level of personal enagement and interaction that will demystify the ageing process and allows for a person to truly age gracefully and in a technological savvy way.


How might you design an early experiment or prototype to further develop your idea?

I think that creating a Facebook page and twitter account would be a quick and easy way to pilot a mini version of this idea and get real feedback about how an on-line platform could really work.

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Hi friends! I am responding to both comments in one post...hopefully I can type this before my two year old wanders http://in.....so Nick...I think having "senior tested" products would be a great way to promote business but also connect peers. My "Grams" has since passed but my boys' "Yaya" and "Meme" are very active...between Zumba and volunteering, church activities, this type of platform could enhance their abilities to continue to make connections for workout buddies, trade recipes, even collaborate around church http://functions..so having one platform where they could navigate in instead of navigating through various sites would be ideal....

Ok http://Luciano...so the actual platform would/could....pull from other sites...I am not techy but maybe like having the platform feed from the other sites and then have some sort of algorithm that would customize the information to be specific to the users personal profile....I may need to add a picture...more thoughts coming....I hear my 2 year old in the hall...Mamas work is never done...

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