Hitch a stroll/ Walk&Talk
Going out for a jog? about to let the dog out? why not accompany someone on your way out? it might just be the perfect way for someone to have an excuse to go out.
How would you describe your idea in one sentence?
Walk, talk, connect and find a reason to go out for fresh air together
Elderly people become less and less mobile as they become fearful of falling, finding their way or prefer the know vs the unknown. Yet within neighbourhoods there is often movement, with people coming and going.
Wouldnt it be great if the elderly people could hitch a stroll with those walking out and about?
There are several ways to go about this. We could create virtual 'hitch a stroll' points. with a nice bench: if someone would like to go out for a walk, just wait for the next person to come along and join the stroll.
Or we could have a website, where people within the neighbourhood could say when they'd be around (less reliable, we think, and for safety reasons maybe not ideal).
Or we could have set times at a starting point: whoever's there joins in a stroll.
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?
Our own neighbourhood try-out?
We'd love to collect experiences through the open ideo network: would this work in your communities/countries?
What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?