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Oldage, a big curse?

An institution/center for participation by Youth, Young-Adults & Older-Adults to meet together and act as a Teacher or Taught will be an effective tool for Elders/Older-Adults Rehabilitation. Through this institution/center of PARTICIPATORY EDUCATION for ELDERS REHABILITATION, we could inspire & engage Youth & Young-Adults to support the Older-Adults.

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Idleness is a big curse particularly at the Oldage.  To overcome this situation, one need to be busy, by taking up any activity like taking care of the youngest/kids of the family or income generation or  further skill training/education or to visit the Special Clubs where  the Youth, Young-Adults & Older-Adults to meet together and act as a Teacher or Taught, to  get active & start mentoring.

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Before jumping into ideas for this just yet (we'll have time for that in the Ideas phase), it might be interesting to explore some global examples of how idleness has been approached across the world. This kind of exploration is the beauty of our Research phase. Do you know of local Indian examples in where idleness is overcome which could inspire further thinking on this, Syeda?

When I lived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for a couple of years while teaching at the National Institute of Design, I organised to take 2 hours off every Friday and here's why: I lived in a low-income Muslim neighbourhood and on Friday's the older and younger women there would gather outdoors in their neighbourhood to prepare the post-mosque meal together. While separating leaves from meethi (fenugreek) and preparing other parts of the meal – they would catch up on all kinds of community news. I also saw examples of knowledge exchange – like younger women helping older ones to use their mobile phones and older women sharing [awesome!] cooking tips + many other interchanges. Everyone involved looked forward to this time – and even though I didn't attend the mosque, nor the meal itself, I loved being part of this 2 hour chance to form deep connections with various generations in our community. Makes me wonder how much bi-directional knowledge exchange can be sparked just by creating space + time in which generations come together? Also, by exploring naturalised exchange, we might come up with stronger ideas on how institutional solutions might build upon our learnings.

What examples do you have from your own community? I'm sure the OpenIDEO community would love to hear more and might have some insights to share from where they live.