Plenty of the concepts presented in the inspiration phase highlighted the importance of setting goals and a maintaining a sense of purpose. However, as individuals approach and experience retirement, they may find that their finances are not equipped to support these endeavors. I started thinking about the existing systems in place to allow individuals to sponsor children who need financial assistance, or programs like the make-a-wish foundation that help children achieve their dreams. The Sponsor a Dream project would serve an analogous purpose for adults as they age: it would connect people to elders who need financial assistance to realize their goals, whether that entailed finally travelling to a new country, preparing for a marathon, continuing their education, opening a bakery, or simply paying for medical assistance needed to help them maintain their independence.
To make the process more interactive and promote the formation of meaningful connections, the program could include monthly in-person meetings to update the sponsors and allow the beneficiary to connect with the family supporting them. Depending on the desires of the sponsor and the recipient, the collaboration could encompass many fields. For instance, even if the specific project was related to physical wellbeing (if say, a family was sponsoring someone who wanted to climb a mountain and needed help with equipment and travel expenses), the team could work to incorporate check points related to mental wellbeing (for example, the beneficiary could present a new interesting article they had encountered each week, sort of like a book club concept).
By thoroughly developing the social aspect of this program,it would be possible to help seniors feel connected to a group of individuals who were genuinely concerned in their wellbeing, which would provide an added incentive for success and would simultaneously prevent isolation.
Furthermore, the program could be developed in a manner that would allow the elderly individuals to also serve as unofficial mentors for the sponsors or sponsoring family. Tracking the progress of a senior towards achieving their goals could serve as an excellent source of inspiration for younger individuals, and the personal interaction would allow sponsors to receive advice and learn from the expertise of the more experienced person.
Using this system we could have the chance to see more stories like this one : http://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133776800/seniors-can-still-bulk-up-on-muscle-by-pressing-iron. 73- year- old Sandy Palais started lifting weights in her 60s, and has since gone on to win numerous awards in the senior Olympics,challenging the notion that it is ever too late to achieve your dreams.