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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.

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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?

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What if we created an app like Uber/Lyft but you just found someone nearby to go on a walk/job with!!?? The app would be free and wouldn't charge users money but it would match them by location and where/when/how fast they want to walk. It would be a great way to meet your neighbors and learn from them, regardless of age.

^^I wrote that after reading the first one sentence because I was so excited. Now after reading the rest of the post and the comments:

I like all of the ideas including scheduled walks with starting points, daily dog walking partners, etc. The website idea is good and probably more useful for older folks. As a young person myself, I think an app would make this idea more accessible to the younger generation.

I think people (maybe just younger people) miss genuine human interaction because they are constantly connected through their devices. This is a way to build communities and fulfill the basic human need for socializing and exercise. Love it!

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