Welcome to the living map of ageing innovators from the Nesta Health Lab, a quick guide to some of the most exciting things happening in the world of ageing at the moment. Have a read below or find the examples most relevant to you by clicking on the keywords to the right.
There are over 100 examples up now. You can add more here so it continues to be a thriving map of what works.
How do you explain dementia to a six year old? The Ally Bally Bee Project is on a mission to make such difficult conversations a little easier with a personalised children’s book about dementia.
Imagine being able to explain “granny’s dementia” to your child with a book that features both of them as the main characters. From names and appearances to certain behavioural traits (after all, dementia affects everyone differently) – Ally Bally Bee plan to allow for such customisation through an interactive website. Simply create the story online then click to have it delivered to your door!
Find out more –www.allyballybee.org
Storii enables families to store memories, both for themselves and for their loved ones in care.
The web platform is used by both carers in care homes and families around the world.
Storii provides –
- Family members with peace of mind that their loved ones are being well cared for, by keeping them informed of their day to day activities.
- A platform to capture those 5 minutes of clarity that someone with memory loss can experience.
- A simple digital life story platform that crosses generations.
Find out more: www.storii.com
“Beautiful clothes, designed to make dressing easier”
Arthritis, stroke or general impacts of ageing can all make dressing a challenge. Lifting your arms above your shoulders to get clothes over your head, bending down to pull trousers or skirts up and fiddly fastenings can be particularly difficult.
The Able Label is a new innovative clothing company addressing such challenges. Founder Katie Ellis, previously a fashion buyer for popular high street retailer White Stuff, was inspired to create the collection having seen first-hand the difficulties her grandmother with Parkinson’s faced.
The ‘desirable and dress-able’ clothes use quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and colour-coordinated internals to make dressing quicker, easier and safer. Yet when they’re worn, no one would ever know they were adapted… it’s our secret!
Find out more – www.theablelabel.com
Canary is a discreet, easy to install monitoring and notification system that provides round the clock reassurance to family members whilst allowing the older or vulnerable person to stay in the home they love.
Canary respects the privacy of people who need care and support so does not use cameras so no-one can be seen or heard.
The Canary system does not require an internet connection where it is installed, and family members/carers log-in to their own website portal to view the information about their loved ones.
Find out more: www.canarycare.co.uk
National charity Contact the Elderly aims to alleviate the loneliness of isolated older people aged 75 and over, who live alone. Supported by a network of volunteer drivers, hosts and coordinators, the charity organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties in local communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
One of Contact the Elderly’s biggest challenges is reaching those who are completely cut off from society and therefore most in need of our support.
Find out more: www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk
The History Project is where life stories are told better and the moments that matter are preserved into meaningful narratives. The platform empowers individuals, families and groups to connect artifacts and memories across media to build powerful experiential stories that transcend generations.
The company, backed by investors including The New York Times and The Associated Press, is changing how life stories are told.
Find out more: www.thehistoryproject.com
Unforgettable aims to improve the lives of those living with memory loss and dementia by bringing together specially selected products together with practical advice and a supportive and sharing community.
The company was founded through personal experience and passion to help people live well with dementia. The aim is to build the marketplace of dementia products and services specifically selected to address the daily challenges of those affected by dementia.
Find out more – www.unforgettable.org
“Falling on your Feet” is a dance programme for over 65s designed to counter social isolation and a fear of falling to reduce admissions to hospitals and care homes in the long term.
Participants co-choreograph a piece of work over three months with a practising artist in a neighbourhood centre. They have fun, get fit – and it’s all for free thanks to an innovation grant from Newcastle/Gateshead CCG NHS.
“Falling on your Feet” is a Helix Arts production with choreographer Nadia Iftkhar.
Northumbria University is supporting Helix Arts programme evaluation.
Find out more – www.helixarts.com
Growing Support turns underused care home gardens into bustling hubs of community activity and thriving growing spaces.
There are 400,000 older people living in care, most of whom have dementia. Studies show residents of care homes spend most of their time doing nothing and are twice as likely to feel lonely as people living in the community. And yet working in care homes, particularly with people with dementia, is one of the least popular forms of volunteering.
Growing Support delivers volunteer led, social and therapeutic gardening activities. This means we run weekly gardening clubs, mostly in care home gardens, where people with dementia are enabled to grow their own food, exercise vital muscle groups, enjoy sensory stimulation, socialise and develop a renewed sense of purpose and achievement.
Our work increases the involvement of the community in care and provides a sustainable solution to loneliness, social isolation and inactivity experienced by people with dementia.
Find out more –www.growingsupport.co.uk