In case you missed it the Guardian published an article on a new project being trialled in England which looks to involve older people to design solutions to major life changes. It makes for interesting reading as an example of a project involving older people. An extract from the article is below followed by the link to the full article:
‘By the time the NHS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2048, there will be more than 100,000 centenarians in the UK. This age shift is both global and personal. We are living longer and many of us are living better too. But too often, ageing seems to be more a source of consternation than celebration.
“For more than half a century now, we have treated the trials of sickness, ageing and mortality as medical concerns. It’s been an experiment in social engineering, putting our fates in the hands of people more valued for their technical prowess than for their understanding of human needs. The experiment has failed,” says surgeon Atul Gawande in his book Being Mortal.
The way we respond to the human needs of an ageing society needs a new approach. We need to look beyond the medical to understand the ecology of ageing, of the psychosocial, economic and environmental.
For the last six months, the Design Council, UnLtd, the South West Academic Health Science Network and the Centre for Ageing Better have collaborated to do just that in the south-west of England, using a £3.65m grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The programme, Transform Ageing, brings together older people, community groups, commissioners and social entrepreneurs to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing us as we age. The programme aims to break down some of the barriers that obstruct innovation and solutions.
The aim is to start developing a pipeline of social entrepreneurs who can respond to the design briefs and the wealth of learning from the workshops and community research.’
The article can be viewed in full by clicking this link: https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2017/oct/18/challenges-ageing-design-entrepreneurship