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Digital Story-telling – 42

October 22, 2012 in Solution

I was very impressed this evening to see the work of tenantspin in Liverpool who have been working with older people to help them use new technologies to tell stories about their lives and recreate memories. This evening I saw an animation of a story about a character from someone’s childhood, and a film of a musical, performed by older people, about the impact of technology on people’s lives. This is some powerful work which both deserves a wider audience and to be replicated elesewhere.

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Sharing accommodation – 47

October 19, 2012 in Solution

Room for Tea is a new kind of homesharing network, that connects guests in need of short-term, affordable accommodation in London with hosts who have a spare room in their homes.
Room for Tea

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Sharing older cooks’ tips – 48

October 19, 2012 in Solution

League of Meals helps everybody to cook better and waste less by sharing older adults’ knowledge and tips about home-cooking through digital channels, and in collaborative cooking sessions.
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Sharing caring – 49

October 19, 2012 in Solution

Grouple aims to provide a secure, private online social network helping people share the responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia.
Members of a care network easily post their schedules, ideas and experiences of caring, dividing responsibilities and coordinating efforts to provide consistent and regular care without one single person being overburdened.
Grouple

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Personal alarm – 50

October 19, 2012 in Solution

buddi is a wristband personal alarm that people will be happy to wear and can send alerts from anywhere to buddi’s support services.
The buddiband is comfortable, discreet and waterproof. To avoid battery replacement and daily charging, it is fitted with the most powerful possible rechargeable battery – which offers at least two months of battery life – and is designed to be as power-efficient as can be.
buddi

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Employment for carers – 51

October 19, 2012 in Solution

The Trading Times online service matches carers with local businesses for flexible paid work. The Trading Times website will have a full range of tools and templates to assist both carers and employers.
Trading Times will provide carers with access to opportunities to earn, the ability to retain and develop work skills, stay connected with society and maintain a sense of self-worth.
Trading Times

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Spots of Time volunteering – 32

October 19, 2012 in Solution

The Spots of Time site make it easy for people to give small amounts of time, and easy for community groups & organisations to benefit. “We wanted people to be able to arrange volunteering in minutes not months”.
Spots of Time
Thanks to Shirley Ayres for the tip.

Join DropBy online – 33

October 19, 2012 in Solution

The DropBy site is designed to be a supportive online community for the over 60s to keep in touch. Its focus is on interaction – with family, friends, each other and through interest groups.
The DropBy site
Thanks to Shirley Ayres for the tip.

 

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Specialist software for reminiscence – 37

October 19, 2012 in Solution

Interactive software, that works with touch screen technology, can provide a way for carers and others to promote engagement and conversation around their memories with people who have some cognitive impairment. For example http://mylifesoftware.com/about/

Don’t ignore SMS – 38

October 19, 2012 in Solution

My mother will never use email, but uses mobile phone texts (SMS) in much the same way, to keep in contact with friends and family. A basic mobile phone with a pay-as-you-go SIM card is a simple and fairly cheap solution for anyone wanting to keep in touch with family and friends, or maybe even a wider community For those that are unwilling or unable to use the Internet, let’s not forget the humble mobile phone and SMS as a potential solution for digital engagement.