Engaging the elderly for a healthy living

Published on April 22, 2014 um 16:25

Summary of your idea

With increase in life expectancy people are living longer but it also increases the risk of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease. It is important that we engage our elderly population so that they remain mentally and physically active and this will help to reduce burden of health care costs. Here I am suggesting a community based approach where the knowledge and skills of the elderly population needs to be matched with that of requirement of the younger generation.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The target population here is the elderly population and also younger generation who can benefit directly from this. The elderly population has a wide range of knowledge and skills which they can impart to the younger generation. In return this will have a positive impact on their mental and physical health.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

A community based initiative where the elderly can register themselves and list their last profession or skills. Then we need to identify the population that will benefit directly from it. For example, a retired teacher can help children with their homework, or studies. Another example, would be retired servicemen who can help in the neighbourhood in day to day organizational and security tasks.

Your profile

I am a scientist working in the field of neuroscience and my current focus of research is on anxiety and depression. I have previously worked as a trainee teacher for mentally challenged children before embarking on a career in neuroscience. I helped these children gain vocational training such as craft making and painting skills. These handmade items were later sold and the money collected given to them, which enhanced their self-confidence.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

health, elderly, youth

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