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M E N T O R (Magically Energize with Neo-Tasks for Older-adults Rehab.

This Idea will definitely pave way for motivating, inspiring & engaging young people to support older adults through mentorship, and vice-versa. The Idea of the "Magic Class" is for All. It actually acts as a Bond between Children, Youth, Young-Adults & Older-Adults, irrespective of their Gender, Age, Colour, Creed, Caste & Religion. Magic has a miracle power to attract & bind the people of different generations at least at the Magic Class for some time, which provide scope for developing rapport, which leads to make them be able to understand each other's feelings & problems very well. The "Magic Class", is a perfect tool to enable people to connect together & nurture relationships across generations.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

Certain joyful emotions are to be shared with others for doubling the joy and only the Magic has the maximum potential to bring out joyful emotions from the people of different ages at the same time or in one instance.


Additional details of my Idea:
 
First of all, it is an open fact that before sanctioning/undertaking any project in any area/habitation, there might be on hand information (basic survey report) about the prospective-beneficiaries and project area details.     Else, the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) needs to do so afresh.
 
Before we inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship, we must be aware of the support deserved by the Older-Adults and the program of the mentorship to be adopted by the young people.

Thus, for initiating the task we need to gather the Youth, Young-Adults & Older-Adults together in the proposed Project Area.   For this purpose, we need to conduct the Magic Classes, and the PIA has to invite all the families living in the proposed Project Area, duly emphasizing to attend the Magic Shows/ Classes with all the members of the family, including Youth & Older-Adults of the family.  
 
The Magic Classes are just useful for one or two months, that too one or two hours a day, to initiate the implementation of the project.  The Magic Classes are just an entry point to easily gather & bring the Youth & Older-Adults together in the select habitation/ locality/ Project Area.  
 
Now, reverting back to the Challenge Brief, to find the best possible solutions for the questions put forward in the challenge, with focus on few specific pieces of this equation, hereunder are the probable answers:
 
1. What needs / wants / goals do older adults have? 

NEEDS: The Older-Adults are in dire needs of the basic requirements, such as Food, Shelter, Clothes & Medicine together with proper Love, Affection, Care, Kindness & Financial Support for fulfilling their wants & goals for the smooth survival of the Older-Adults.
 
WANTS: This has to be known basically from the each Individual Older-Adult.   Some may want to study further and obtain a Degree or Post-Graduate Degree.   Some may want to acquire additional skills in which they have experience.   Some may want to acquire Special Skills in any Technical subjects or Self-Employment Oriented Technical Subjects.
 
GOALS: This has to be known basically from the each Individual Older-Adult.   Some may have the desire & goal to earn money, substitute their family income & feel proud to be an earning member of the family. Some may have the desire & goal to pass on their skills to next generation.   Some may have the desire & goal to have Self-Employment or a suitable Employment per their skills, educational qualifications, age, etc.



2. What opportunities are young adults well-poised to support using their capabilities and talents? 

The well-poised Educated, Qualified & Skilful Youth & Young-Adults could have the ample opportunities to support the Older-Adults using their capabilities and talents.    The Youth or Young-Adult fluent in English could teach English to the interested Older-Adult/s.   The Qualified Youth & Young-Adults could entertain Tutorial Services. The Technically Skilful Youth & Young-Adults could pass on Technical Skills to Older-Adults.   Similar is the case with Dance, Drama, Music, Magic, Drawing, Painting, Games & Sports, etc.
 
 
3. How do we grow the pool of young adults who will engage with older adults, making this exchange possible? 

As already stated earlier (elsewhere in this report), with the conduct of regular & continuous day by day Magic Classes for a month or two in a Habitation/Locality, one would be able to attract & bind the people of different ages/generations providing scope for developing rapport & make them be able to understand each other's feelings & problems very well.   This Project Implementing Agency (PIA) has to watch closely & observe the growing friendships among the audience/trainees of the Magic Classes.
 
 
 
4. How do we show young people how much they can learn and grow by working with older adults? 

The Education, Skills & Knowledge are such things/subjects, so much so you impart you could get double of so much.In fact, Teaching & Learning are not only inter-related, but also inclusive, a Teacher could learn a lot while teaching and a Learner could indirectly enable the Teacher to learn from the interaction of the learner.
     
     
5. How might we employ fresh approaches to engaging young people? 

With the introduction of the Music Classes itself we would be successful in bringing the Youth closer to the Older-Adults.The Youth found to be eligible basing on their background, qualifications, skills, good companionship, etc., are to be engaged.In addition to this, Professionals, Students from Colleges, Scholars from Universities should be invited to undertake mentorship. Then, for continuity or continuously engaging the youth, the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) needs to undertake any one or all of the following:
 
(a) Create scope for mutually mentoring by both Youth & Older-Adult or to reciprocate suitably with alternative subject/task. 

(b) Encourage with issuing the Testimonials for the Services extended by the Youth. 

(4) Effect payment of Honoraria to the Youth engaged for mentoring Older-Adults




How will it work?

Look at the full question: How might we inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship?

This tricky question further splitting itself into and generating "four" prime questions as follows:

(1) How could we gather Youth, Young-Adults and Older-Adults together on single platform and make them better understand & raise confidence on each other.

The Magic Classes are to easily gather & bring the Youth & Older-Adults together in the select habitation/ locality/ Project Area.  These Magic Classes are just useful for one or two months, that too one or two hours a day, to initiate the gathering of people and recording of information pertaining to the prospective beneficiaries, encourage to interact with each other and for better understand & raising confidence on each other is to be done by the appointed Counselors.   
 
 
 
(2) How could we  motivate & inspire Youth & Young-Adults to teach/mentor Older-Adults?

As soon as gathering of people at the Magic Classes/Shows and recording of information pertaining to the prospective beneficiaries is done, the appointed Counselors (who are thoroughly aware of the support deserved by the Older-Adults and have the program syllabi of the mentorship to be adopted) has to motivate & inspire Youth & Young-Adults to teach/mentor Older-Adults & watch, observe & encourage developing intimacy, dependency & growing relations among the Youth & Older-Adults.    Then, have to make the pairings among the select Youth/Young-Adults and Older-Adults.    This way we could start motivating & inspiring Youth & Young-Adults to teach/mentor Older-Adults, or vice-versa.
 

(3) How could we "engage" Youth & Young-Adults?

The word "engage" has multiple meanings.    Here, it clearly conveys that the meaning is to Deploy or Employ to Create scope for Youth/Young-Adults for mentoring the Older-Adults.    If Youth & Younger-Adult are to employ, what should be the compensation in connection with their time spent or services extended?    The following are the probable ways to compensate:
 
(a) To reciprocate suitably with Mentoring Youth/Younger-Adults by Older-Adults with alternative subject/task.    

(b) To encourage with issuing the Testimonials for the Services extended by the Youth.  

(c) To effect payment of Monthly Honoraria to the Youth/Young-Adults engaged for mentoring Older-Adults.


(4) What would be the Topic or Subject or Syllabi for using in Mentoring/ Teaching?
 
The subject should be dealing with the Life-Cycle, Human Relationship, Moral Responsibilities & Socio-Economic Dependency of the Human-beings, and those enable to bridge gaps between the generations, about Age, Aspirations, Understanding Abilities, Morale, Relationship, Etc.

Then, the main activity of the project of mentorship is to be carried out under the able & eligible Councilors qualified in subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Philosophy, Theology, Moral Sciences, Ethical & Logical Sciences, Law & Legal Studies, etc.



Why do you think it might succeed?

The growing population of the segment of Older-Adults needs a space for their time-pass & entertainment, further education, further skills development, further employment/self-employment, etc.   When such a demand is there, if the windows for such spaces are created they are sure to be successful.


What questions do you have for the community?



What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?

There is seldom need to undertake lightweight experiment & test assumtions, as far as Magic Classes are concerned. Because, on many occasions & during festive seasons my Paternal-Uncle has exhibited different types of simple Magics, whereupon not only our entire family members, but also our neighbours' families have gathered together & enjoyed it by sharing our joyful emotions with each other among the gathering. Regarding main activity prototyping, testing& finding the assumptions & aticipations, it could be carried out in any community.

What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?

Ever since I am participating & sharing my views with the OpenIDEO Community, I could observe that my writing skill or drafting power is abnormally low (even- though my "Idea" is strong enough) when compared to other participants' contributions. Thus, I wish that my IDEA draft be redrafted by my OpenIDEO Community.

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Photo of Sally Cooney Anderson
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I love this idea. Magic is universal -- loved by people of all ages. I am pretty sure some older folks would love to show the tricks they learned to children. Hope you make this happen.

Photo of SYEDA KHADERBI
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Thanks for the appreciation, Sally. Yes, Magic is universal & loved by people of all ages. You are right some older folks would love to show the tricks they learned to children and other members of the community/family.

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Hi Syeda. Sorry for the late response to the post on my profile page.
Nice idea! There is an organization I am familiar with that brings Magic to disadvantaged youth and adults in NYC - "Hocus Pocus." I have watched teens perform card tricks which they have learned from the Magicians in this Group and it is awesome! They are proud of their abilities and you can see it!
What if teens learn the tricks and then can go out to teach them to older adults, as the Hocus Pocus Group does with Veterans in Veterans Hospitals in New York? The Veterans in these hospitals learn magic and share it with each other which increases their self confidence and improves socialization amongst them.
Develop a troupe of teen magic teachers that can share with older adults in hospitals, senior homes, community centers?
For older adults magic tricks present a good physical and mental challenge. Both great benefits to ongoing health.
http://conjuringarts.org/hocus-pocus/
http://hocuspocusproject.org/what-we-do/veterans

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Hi Bettina,

Don't be sorry, better late than never. I am very happy not only for the useful comment, but also for the information given about the "Hocus Pocus" Organization in NYC, its activities and the impact thereof. It is true that there is a demand to develop a troupe of teen magic teachers that can share with older adults in hospitals, senior homes, community centers, because for older adults magic tricks present a good physical and mental challenge.

Thank you once again for the link provided: http://conjuringarts.org/hocus-pocus/ . I will definitely visit the website.

Photo of Bettina Fliegel
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I like the new title Syeda! It really captures your evolving idea.
I added a direct link to the Hocus Pocus web page that discusses their work with Seniors / Veterans to my comment above.

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OK, thanks a lot, Bettina.

Photo of Patrick Anucha
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Hi Syeda,
That is great re-caption and projection in your idea. MENTOR. The contents are greatly rich.

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Hi Patrick,

Thank you very much.

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Loving your updated title, Syeda! Very clever.

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Thanks a lot, Meena.

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Syeda this is a wonderful idea for bringing the different generations and cultures together, and very imaginative.
It certainly makes for sharing in both directions.
I can see this as a catalyst to other activities and opportunities for sharing skills and knowledge.
What are some other similar activities that bring the same feelings of joy and community?
Are there any of these where children and young adults will teach skills or knowledge to the more senior community members? What skills or knowledge might the younger one's teach?
In the research phase you proposed some additional interesting ideas, the Playfellows Common Platform ( https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/research/playfellows-common-platform-for-young-adults-older-adults ) and Old age a big curse? ( https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/research/participatory-education-elders-rehabilitation ).
How do you see these three ideas fitting together?

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Hi Paul,

Thank you very much. Your Questions are your best contribution & have paved the way for bettering my Idea. I have noted all the Four (4) Questions raised by you, and I assure you about my answers for those Questions in my ensuing updation.

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Wonderful to hear Syeda!
I look forward to seeing what additional thoughts and ideas you will include in your updates.
Thank you too for the honour of being on your team.

Photo of SYEDA KHADERBI
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Hi Paul,

Second part of my Idea has been uploaded just now. Please do make comments on it.

I look forward to see your worthy comments.

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I'm sorry to take so long to respond to your update, having spent a few hours updating my own T-Team concept.

Your update has some very interesting additions and has given the project shape and direction.

As you said in the first draft the Magic Class is both a real event for mutual enjoyment and a pretext for engaging young and old in exploring what skills and knowledge the young can pass on to the old. (This being the principle focus of the challenge).
You have well enunciated some of these skills and similarly enunciated some corresponding needs and wants of the older community.

How then can we bring these things together?
For example:
During the project the skills of the younger community could be surveyed and documented. At the same time the particular needs and wants of the older members could also be surveyed and documented. Then a process of matching and pairing the skills and wants could take place.
Where youth is wiling and seniors receptive individual pairings and group tutoring arrangements could then be made that would take place either during or after the Magic Classes.

What resources might be required?
Apart from the resources associated with the Magic Class itself, we might need suitably drafted surveys to collect and document youth skills and senior needs and wants. We might need to preserve the results of these surveys so that additional pairings might be made. (For example youth skills in business might be heavily outnumbered by demand for those skills amongst the seniors).
Perhaps an archive of successful pairings might serve for future reference.

How would these be organised?
We need to establish a more detailed structure for the project, always allowing for variation to suit different times and places.

Would this be a suitable point (in the challenge process) to collaborate with Thasleem and draw upon some of the thoughts she has for her Intergenerational Club?
You can do this without usurping each others ideas - for example Magic Class could be one project run in Intergenerational Club but so too could other projects perhaps based on other activities shared in the community.
Similarly Magic Class could be run in many other places and venues, not just Intergenerational Club.

How can Magic Class be proliferated?
With a sound structure established for Magic Class it can be duplicated at many other times and in many other places.
Thus Magic Class will bring youth and seniors together so that youth can impart skills and knowledge to seniors.

Please feel free to incorporate as much or little of what I have said in any future updates: or to ignore it altogether.
Once again thank you for including me on your team.

Kind regards,

Paul Reader

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Hi Paul,

Thank you very much for the comment containing information pertaining to improvement of my Idea. Yes, the Magic Class will bring youth and seniors together so that youth can impart skills and knowledge to seniors and vice-versa, and such Magic Class could be repeated (not duplicated) at many other times and in many other places of any Project area, in which project the Magic Class is an element or tool.

With Best Regards,

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Wow! Your concept is amazing. Oh, there is no old person, in no culture or tribe, that does not have some magical or mysterios trick or story with which to entertain young ones with. This idea would really work perfectly between old people and little children (adolescents like to act all 'grown up' :D ). I think a step for implementation would just be the magis meetings: training for children to perform simple magic tricks (and it could go both ways), performances at children events, etc. But it could also be very educational: there are a lot of things that can be taught to children. For one, hand-eye cordination: magicians have to be extremely good at that, and so also those who are able to catch magicians. Critical thinking is another skill: how can you dtrick the audience in real time, impromtu while on the stage? How can such a fast thinking skill be applied in helping to solve real life emergency situations? Concentration and focus: how can you differentiate between the nosie and distractions and focus on the real issue (in the case of magic, the sleight of the magician's hands). Such a skill can be applied to real life situtaions when dealing with complex issues where there are a lot of distractions, Also memory skills: how a child magician can remember every step of the trick so he/she doesn't get confused. Also how the audience can remember every step of the magician and what exactly he/she did, without getting confused by the trick. So the pattern here would be teaching kids the particular cognitive and perceptual skills needed to both be able to trick an audience (as the magician), or catch the trick (as a member of the audience).

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Dear Oraelosi,

Thank you very, very much for your elaborative, but informative comment on my partly finished Idea. Believe me, I could not stop my hand/finger from applauding on your comment. You have given me much more information, eventhough my Idea is not in full form. Yet, your statements are far from the reality, you could experience this by viewing any magic show in an universal spot or general area or public place like middle or low class peolpes' markets. The "Theme: How might we inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship? " is not one given exclusively for those who are rich & living in posh localities or Metropolitan Cities alone, and the audience at those place or places include children, adolescents, youth, Young-Adults & Older-Adults, and not like as you said about Olders & Children only.

Further, you have ignored that in my message I have clearly stated that the published one is only a part of my Idea and that I have to make it further.

Any way, I am happy that I could succeed in my attempt -

firstly many at OpenIDEO are with strong opinion/belief that just a picture/sketch/photo alone conveys the entire Idea/Story to be told. You have come out against that policy/principle, as you you could see the pictures of child-magician in my Idea and thus, you have concluded that it attracts only children.

secondly, my expectation that the collaboration may sharpen my Idea, has become true.

Thank you once again.

Photo of Paul Reader
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Hi Syeda,
Looking forward to seeing the additional content you may now have for your idea..
As you are the only one with access to the concept content please post an update as soon as you are able. That way you can stimulate further comment and contribution from the community.
As you say, your idea has appeal for young and old alike would you see Magic Class as something that could be done in Thasleem's Intergenerational Club ( https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-mentor/ideas/club-of-younger-adults-older-adults )?
If you do, you might like to link the two concepts together using the 'build on' process as you create an update.

Hope to see your updates soon.

Regards

Paul

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Hi Paul,

Yes, the Magic Class has something that could be done in Thasleem's Intergenerational Club. She could have the Magic Class as one of the elements or components of her Idea.

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Hi Oraelosi,

The second part of my Idea has been uploaded just now. Please do make comments on it. Third & final part of my Idea will take sometime to upload.

I look forward to see your worthy comments on second part of the Idea..

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I really like the idea of a common activity like this to join people together.

I wonder if there are other ideas like this such as crafting, music or sports that can bring people together?

Photo of SYEDA KHADERBI
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Hi Suzie,

Thank you very much for the comment. Yes, there are other ideas like this such as crafting, music or sports that can bring people together. However, if you think deeply over "Magic" you could easily understand that the Magic alone attracts all people of all ages.

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Hi Suzie,

The second part of my Idea has been uploaded just now. Please do make comments on it. Third & final part of my Idea will take sometime to upload.

I look forward to see your worthy comments on second part of the Idea..

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Hi, just joined today! :) I found your idea very intuitive and easy to understand. You certainly had your experience with magic from your uncle and witnessed 1st hand how it unfolds. It'll be awesome to see how your idea develop in scale. Thanks for great idea and inspiration!

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Hi Khairul Anwar,

Thank you very much for the encourageous comment.

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Hi Khairul Anwar,

The second part of my Idea has been uploaded just now. Please do make comments on it. Third & final part of my Idea will take sometime to upload.

I look forward to see your worthy comments on second part of the Idea..

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Hello OpenIDEO,

I am unable to see my comments on Activity Feed. Please verify and set right the thing at the earliest possible, and oblige.

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Syeda – feel free to report this issue to our help desk by using the Feedback button at the bottom of this page.

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Hi Meena,

Thank you for the direction given. Later, I notice that comments/messages from my Profile Page are not seen in the Activity Feed, but the comments/ messages from Idea Page are appearing in Activity Feed.

Immediately after uploading my Idea "Magic Classes", I have sent a message to you, of course, that was my First Message about my Idea, and I am anxiously awaiting for your worthy comment. Will you please expedite it?!

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Hi Meena,

Atleast now, make your comment on my Idea.

Photo of Patrick Anucha
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Hi Syeda,
Your idea and imagination on magic class is so exciting. There is still need for you to develop its content for implementation by drawing a concise illustration on how it will benefit the elderly. I have personally watched the drama of the Magic class as displayed in a Talent show by Barney which is a children play enjoyed by both children and adults. I hope the play was further presented by Disney International.

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Great input Patrick!
Your mention of talent shows reminds me that we all have many talents to share with each other - singing and dancing for example. Often this may mean things taught by or passed down from the elders but new songs, new dances and new magic tricks can be developed by the young and taught to their elders.

The really magical thing about this idea of Syeda's is that it does bring the two groups together. That done, there is great opportunity to learn all sorts of things from one another.
One other magical thing about it is that it does not have to involve computers or smartphones or similar technology - its just people enjoying each others company.

I am reminded that once a month my church has a games night including things like cards and mahjongg. Bringing the generations together is a key step.

Photo of Patrick Anucha
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Nice Paul
This is a great way to initiate a collaboration.

Photo of SYEDA KHADERBI
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Hi Patrick,

Thank you very much for providing good insight. Yes, there is still a great need to develop its content for implementation by drawing a concise illustration on how it will benefit the elderly. I have noted the contents of your informative contents and I will definitely make use of them while updating my Idea.

Yes, Paul, there is no need to involve computers or smartphones or similar technology at large - its just people enjoying each others company.

Photo of Patrick Anucha
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I shall keep in touch as your idea progresses

Photo of SYEDA KHADERBI
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Hi Patrick,

Second part of my Idea has been uploaded just now. Please do make comments on it. Third & final part of my Idea will take sometime to upload.

I look forward to see your worthy comments on second part of the Idea..