Aging 2.0@1776

Edwin Zhao, 29 July 2015

There is a form of segregation so quiet that most of us are entirely unaware.  If you are under 30, how many 50+ adults (who aren’t relatives) would you consider friends?  Vice versa?

Aging2DC photo for blog post

Aging 2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world.  The DC chapter convened July 1st at the downtown offices of 1776, a global incubator and seed fund located just blocks away from the White House.  An astounding group of experts, including Ryan Frederick of Smart Living 360 and Mark Dunham of Generations of Hope Development Corporation, assembled to discuss Intergenerational Innovation for Age-Friendly Cities.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • CPO Jeremy Dabor of Sensassure shared lessons-learned performing market research on location in a Columbia nursing home. The team is currently focused on developing incontinence detection technology through design thinking.
  • Emi Kiyota (Founder of Ibasho) stressed the importance of place-making in intergenerational interaction. In Japan, as in many other countries, the aging outnumber the young – and resentment over the burden of pensions run high.  Ibasho Café staffed by seniors facilitate intergenerational interaction through service.
  • Marty Davis (Interim President Dupont Circle Village) shared insights from “senior villages” that have sprung up around DC. For a monthly fee, these organizations coordinate volunteers who facilitate independent living for local seniors.
  • Donna Butts (Executive Director of Generations United) in her keynote recalled lyrics from hit song “Glory” by John Legend and Common – “It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy” – in a discussion about how intergenerational collaboration can give rise to something novel. Read the inspirational story of – Swampscott High School and Nursing Home.
  • Following on the theme, Elizabeth Isele (Co-Founder and President of Senior Entrepreneurship Works) discussed joining the wisdom of elders and young energy to create impactful social enterprises.

Learn more about how MedStar fosters independence at home for DC seniors.

By Edwin Zhao, July 2015

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