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I practised corporate commercial law for 33 years, and am now in the process of re-engineering myself. While there was much I loved about the law, it was also time to lay it down and try something new.
I love new ideas and I particularly love combining them into the unexpected. I draw great energy from thinking big. I also derive great enjoyment from anything which is visually engaging, and am exploring my creative side through designing and making jewelry.
I sing with a local chorus, Eclipse -- anything I do before an audience, whether singing or speaking, makes me feel very much alive.
The concept is to create a tutoring exchange service between youth and the recently retired, in which youth are provided with enriched learning experiences in exchange for technology training of the retiree.
The concept is to create an app that first randomly pairs youth and seniors (who can be in any location in the world). One is assigned the role of Chief Exploration Officer, and the other the role of an inhabitant of a newly discovered planet. The
The concept is to pair dyslexic youth with the elderly with mild to moderate dementia, and ask the young person to help the elderly person explore an online world that does not require the use of advanced linguistic skills.
I love the idea of shared spaces for creatives, in part because for many artists out there, it can be difficult to find mentoring and community in the place where they live. The smaller the community the more difficult it becomes.
How would you connect up those two age groups, Burt? There are so many people over the age of 50 who simply don't engage in the various internet communities that they will be unaware of sites such as DeviantArt. This is the part of the challenge that I keep stumbling over -- how to make the over 50 crowd aware of the potential service or product.
Hey Nick -- I'm beginning to see a pattern emerging from the different ideas and postings for all of the ideas. We're really dealing with two to three different demographic groups at the "elderly" end, each with distinctly different skill sets and needs for the mentoring process. For example, although I'm technically a "senior" for this challenge (I'm 60) I don't belong to any seniors groups, I have lots of high end skills to trade, and I have lots of technology. My mother-in-law is 85 and living in seniors assisted living, with more minimal technology and difficulty understanding how to work it. So reaching out to her is quite different than reaching out to me.
The same can be said of the youth end. The mentoring skills and interests of a 16 year old are vastly different than those of a 20 year old. However, the entire youth group is more easily reached through the same social media networks, than are the "elderly".
I think we might need to consider defining the demographics for our ideas, or broadening the concept so that it will both reach and be of interest to a larger demographic. What are your thoughts on this?
I always like ideas that leverage existing infrastructure rather than having to create new structures! And I also love the term "Third Age" so much better than "seniors" or "elderly" :) My generation is in fact in its Third Age, and for those of us who are recently retired, we remain continuous learners and see this as an opportunity to re-shape the last third of our lives.