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Caregiving for Dementia Evaluation Criteria


During this Challenge, we’re aiming to engage and draw inspiration from people of all backgrounds and shine a spotlight on viable solutions that are already in the market or show a strong potential for success in the market. The intended result of this Challenge is to source ideas that better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia.


Ideally, this Challenge will yield tools, services, and technology that are actionable and innovative. We’re excited to see new solutions that:

  1. Keep people at the center. Empowering caregivers to feel supported and equipped as they care for loved ones with dementia is at the heart of this Challenge. The impact of your idea will be measured by how much it improves or maintains the quality of caregiving for dementia.
  2. Are affordable. The solutions developed should be accessible. As you build out your idea, consider who will bear the cost. In a lifetime, anyone may experience dementia or care for someone with dementia – new solutions should reflect that.
  3. Naturally integrate. Fresh ideas for dementia caregiving should seamlessly fit into our lifestyles. What are we already doing that could be re-engineered or leveraged in a different way? How might current behaviors or existing technology create powerful new solutions?
  4. Consider scale. Starting locally can be really powerful, but how might your idea become a solution for a large number of people? As you form your idea, try to be mindful of the different structures that exist in the caregiving for dementia space and how your idea might adapt.

Ideas in the Challenge will be encouraged to prototype, test, and improve with the help of the OpenIDEO community. AARP Services and UnitedHealthcare will then provide the finalist(s) with mentorship, assisting them with go-to-market development of their solution.

Depending on readiness of the solution, AARP Services will also consider exploring certain top solutions as part of its Family Caregiving initiative.