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Lauren commented on Instapeer for Seniors

Hi Kate,

thanks for the feedback. I definitely think there are ties to the other two. I love the idea of creating communities of people who understand and can empathize when it comes to health issues. I wanted to introduce the idea of being accountable to someone in an inperson context, who is not a spouse, a child, a grandchild, etc.

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Lauren commented on Instapeer for Seniors

Hi Grace!
Thanjs for the feedback! This would not be a roommate situation, but rather an arrangement that fosters neighbors looking out for each other and encouraging each other to do activities that help prevent falls.

Hey Amy!
I always love connecting with other public health types!! I definitely agree sunshine exposure is an issue; I've seen at least from personal experience that as older adults age, they spend increasingly less time outdoors. You raise the further challenge of urban environments, which I hadn't thought about.

I've thought about this program from a few perspectives and would welcome your thoughts.
1) Although both of my grandmothers needed help with getting food as they aged, neither would really have admitted to it. However, when one of their children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors brought over nutritious meals for them, they were happy to accept it and eat it. I would imagine that finding a way to incorporate a friendly face into the delivery of nutritious food, to make the receipt of such food more acceptable. It might also help with the loneliness issue that many older adults face.

2) I think I have tried just about every meal delivery program under the sun. Although I love to cook, some of those meals are super time intensive and not realistic for older adults. I wonder if there is a place for a meal program that would be geared toward older adults, taking into account their dietary preferences and ease in the kitchen and would incorporate nutrients they need into their favorite foods.