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This is an excerpt from a BBC Article that I feel does a very good job of capturing the violence that Africans are subjected to, and how  Dr. Mukwege's mission has sparked some hope for women. Full Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21499068

This is an excerpt from a BBC Article that I feel does a very good job of capturing the violence that Africans are subjected to, and how Dr. Mukwege's mission has sparked some hope for women. Full Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21499068

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Claudia commented on UPDATED: Declutterbugs 2.0

Running ideas off the top of my head:

- Senior communities
- Geriatric care offices - waiting room reading material
- Flea Markets(might seem a bit ironic)
- End of checkout counter stalls manned with volunteers
- Day time television ads
- Community street fairs

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Claudia commented on UPDATED: Declutterbugs 2.0

I think you might be right about the stories and grandchildren being more interested. And as you said, it depends on the relationship of the family though. Most of the time grandparents to grandchildren have better relationships than parent to child ones. So are you recommending, that it be initiated by the grandchild?

You also bring up a good point that there is no blanket solution to get an elderly person on board with purging most of their stuff. I assume it will have to be at the discretion of the closest family member facilitating this. This may sounds manipulative, but the best way to get people on board with an idea is to get them to think of it themselves.

Just a suggestion or a test with your own grandmother, but perhaps you can start asking to see old pictures or really precious things from the past, and of course be interested and curious(as you naturally should be since it's a part of your history). If you can get her talking about it and getting her excited about it, she might start want to go through other things to show you. There is a large chance that the things she is fetching are in storage or something. This may be hard to do, but I think you can somehow get her to verbally admit that there is too much stuff, or things to go through. That would be the perfect time to strike with "well...if you'd like, I can come by on the weekends and help you go through and organize your things? I'd like to spend more time with you". If she says no, I'd say give is a couple weeks for it to sink in. In my experience older people are resistant to change and some ideas need to steep.

I also just realized that offering to use a service called "Declutterbugs" might offend some people. It might be to early for branding, but maybe we should consider renaming this?

This article may interest you. It's a may seem a bit invasive, and has some time before it might ever go mainstream, but I just read about a tooth implant that rats you out to your doctor if you've been smoking or eating unhealthily.

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/a-new-wi-fi-enabled-tooth-sensor-rats-you-out-when-youre-smoking-or-overeating