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Pop-up Wellness Lounge & Coordinator Supporting Healthy Communities Updated

Pop-up Wellness Lounges can be a great place to connect and learn from others in the community as well as support activities that gets us closer to leading healthy lives. The Wellness Coordinator can assist and provide resources to get us there.
I was inspired by articles that reported how older people in China gathered in IKEA stores because they wanted a comfortable space to hang out and meet other people. Although it became a strain on IKEA at times, it suggests this type of place is currently missing, especially for the aging community. "Shanghai has become an aging society with many single senior citizens," Shao says. "They need to make friends, they feel lonely at home. So what IKEA does is laudable, and we wish IKEA's business will prosper. I am thankful for IKEA's tolerance toward us." - http://www.npr.org/2011/11/02/141904803/at-ikea-in-shanghai-do-it-yourself-matchmaking

This concept also gives Mayo Clinic a role to play. Mayo Clinic would sponsor pop-up shop like spaces called Wellness Lounge in either vacant storefronts neighborhoods or in community spaces such as libraries or schools to bring people together. This space is designed to be inviting that offers a communal area to meet others in the community, promote conversations and ultimately a comfortable place away from home to learn more about taking care of our health. The space would be in a centralized location that people from different parts of the community can come. People would be encouraged to activate, learn and transform the space. In doing some research, there are have been examples of health pop-ups in malls, but they are selling their services rather than providing services.

The Wellness Coordinator role would be crucial in developing programming for the space and this person would be trained to answer health-related questions and point people to the best resources. Programming would include demonstrations and classes, organized talks from people such health providers, authors, chefs, teachers, caregivers and retired professionals to share their experiences stories, skills and passion.

This lounge would be similar to what Jamie Oliver set up in neighborhoods in his show Food Revolution. He established a community kitchen space in a vacant spaces, which I think some still operate today and serves not only locals, but visitors from around world. Here's one to kitchen in Huntington, WV. Instead of putting in a full kitchen, it could accommodate a bar that serves healthy smoothies and snacks.

The Wellness Lounges could scale by piloting the program that happens in a couple of cities at first and tweaked along the way. If it is well received in the area, the temporary pop-up could be established as a longer-term community-run Wellness Lounge with proper funding and support. this is a nice way to extend Mayo Clinic's great work that often people may not have the chance to visit the main headquarters. Being able to outreach with people who don't check in with their healthy regularly is important.

I recently talked to Arthur Ashe Institute in Brooklyn and learned about their amazing work. They provide health information and materials to help barber shops and salons talk to their customers about taking care of their health and learn what services are available such as free screenings. In a way, barbers and stylists are wellness outreach coordinators. They are providing important information in a comfortable and relaxed space that was not clinical by any means. This space is the usual time where free conversations take place. Having more advocates likes these in communities is a great way to get out the message: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/healthy-conversation-brooklyn-salon-article-1.310733

Another great example of pop-up space to active collaboration and learning is the Chicago Public Library. Last month, they announced a Maker's Lab that includes a 3D printer, various software and classes to teach people about manufacturing and encourage hands-on collaboration. Although this is not a lounge, it's nice to see a space that is typically known for being supporting individual knowledge through books and media to other forms of learning.

How to Measure Our Health

In thinking about what is most important in our lives, I thought about some areas on a broader scale that we work towards in one way or other. Some areas are emphasized more while others need more attention. Building off of Mayo Clinic's Halo Factors and Michael's concept called BEAM, I developed something similar. The idea is that there are important areas to maintain throughout our life can start early and adjust as we age. I think there are many overlaps and look forward to collaborating and building upon or leveraging the platform that was already proposed!

These are the areas that Mayo Clinic and the Wellness Coordinator can help support in person:

Healthy aging is something we all need to rethink in our lives regardless of age. To make sure we are paying more attention to our well being, I felt there are 5 areas that after some research could be highlighted more than the obvious groupings that exist. These areas may be more present and important depending on who you are, age, where you live and your interests. These areas include: community, self-worth, activeness, empowerment and well-being.

Community: can be a group of friends, family and/or people in your community that live nearby and all have a common interest of improving their own well being as well as area that we reside in. Being involved with your community can strengthen your relationships; provide a sense of ownership and investment to the people and places that we live in builds better communities.The more we care about our community, the more positive effects it provides to us as individuals and a group. This is important throughout our lives, but maybe more so when we have families and when we age. Many people may experience empty nest and want a way to connect with others again. Another way we may want to engage with community is not only social, but politically or actively. Creating a space like the Wellness Lounge can be a meeting place for many people looking to get more involved or just meet one another. I think co-working spaces are popular because sometimes you just don't want to work alone and be in the presence of others. We also experience different stages in our life and have different social needs. Being aware of that will help us be more engaged.

In any community, there are people who are looking to meet new people and have a conversation, especially those who do not have family nearby or working on integrating back into the community. Volunteers can signup and be paired with people in nearby nursing homes and those in rehabilitation. A past project I was part of piloted coffee shop conversations with those who suffered from a stroke and aphasia for seven weeks. We met with those who wanted to practice their public speaking skills in coffee shops because it was less clinical and more comfortable setting. Overtime, we developed friendships, patience and helped build confidence in conversational skills on both sides.

Progress & Well-being: is about being active on any level that contributes to our overall well-being. Being active is very important throughout our lives from a young age and as we age. Activity usually decreases over our lifetime and especially, now many of us are use to working in front of a computer screen all day that we forgot or don’t have the time to be physically active. Being active is not just about healthy physical activity, but also emotional and mental activities. We saw from the inspiration phase that playing video and board games are fun and build our mental acuity and memory. To make sure we engage actively, we can leverage many health tracking apps and trackers that record our activities of all kinds to tell us about our progress. These all can be aggregated into a platform so no matter what activity you are doing whether it is physically running a mile, taking a language class, cooking a meal at home for others, cleaning the house or reading for an hour, they are all activities and strides in our progress and well-being. You can set goals, compete with your close friends and also show this relevant information to the Wellness Coordinator. 

Self-worth & Empowerment: are very important to our health. We all have something to offer and given the opportunity, we have all something to share with others and feel appreciated for our talents and who we are. The pop-up Wellness Lounge is space for people to share their stories and talents in a communal and safe place. In a past project, I worked with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, specifically with people who suffered from a stroke and aphasia. To help them integrate back into the community, we developed a program that allowed for people who wanted to practice their speaking and presenting skills. They presented to an audience on various topics such as their recent trip to Turkey or their work experience in the government. You could see how empowered they were and how much fun it was to exchange knowledge. Another aspect of self-worth is knowing our comfortable level especially as we age. We sometimes know when we push ourselves to far physically or emotionally. Being aware of these things will help us all age to the best of our ability. Connecting with the wellness coordinator can help us plan for that as well.

How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?
The pop-up Wellness Lounges would start in a couple of cities to test to see what works and what needs improvement. Working with the Mayo Clinic to develop a program and the Wellness Coordinator role would be important before scaling the Wellness Lounge. I think we would be able to test areas close to Mayo Clinic locations that provide comfortable spaces that people can hang out. The opportunity for the Wellness Coordinator has a lot of potential to make an impact and connect Mayo Clinic to more people in communities that don't have regular access to healthcare needs or even community centers. A recent article highlighting abandoned Walmart spaces transformed into now America's Largest Library shows how spaces can really be redefined and support communities: http://img.weburbanist.com/wp-content/webistcache/2012/09/04/abandoned-walmart-is-now-americas-largest-library/index.html Building upon other ideas, a platform that connects your health information is definitely a trend. Making sure people are able to use whatever app they feel comfortable with. The platform to aggregate current health app trackers such as Nike+, jawbone, strava, pedometer into a system that allows you to keep track of your progress and create visualized graphs and progress charts that you can share with the Wellness Coordinator and healthcare providers. Additionally, partnering with the local public transportation to create a stop at the Wellness Lounge will being more people to the center. A dedicated mobile van could be possible from the hospital to make certain stops such as local nursing home, school, downtown, the hospital and the Wellness Lounge.
How might your idea attract and involve partners from health care, business, government, nonprofit or other sectors?
Partnerships are always great and working with other organizations in the local community can extend the outreach of the Wellness Lounge. Partners from other healthcare providers where Mayo Clinic doesn't exist can be beneficial for both parties and the people they serve as they have more options and resources. Working with local communities to help identify spaces that could be converted is key. Many of the space amenities would be sponsored to help with the costs. There is a lot more interest and investment in taking care of yourselves as we age, especially as the number of people over 65 in the US currently is 40 million. In 2030, that number will have skyrocketed to nearly 70 million (Mayo Clinic Interview). This also means we have a lot of healthcare costs. I believe there are opportunities to get initial funding from both nonprofit and businesses interested in healthcare. In the end, the cost of not addressing the issues early on outweigh the actual costs to our country. A great place to is Hacking Medicine Initiative: http://hackingmedicine.mit.edu/2012/03/06/health-challenges-the-open-government-initiative/ As well as Rock Health: http://rockhealth.com/
How might you design an early experiment or prototype to further develop your idea?
Putting together a fun and inviting space that is not clinical would be a fun prototype to test as well as the role of the Wellness Coordinator. By bodystorming and acting out the Wellness Lounge would work could lead us to develop better ideas and empathy for people who would use the space. Developing a blueprint or experience map would be another opportunity to see what areas of the experience still have big questions to answer and how logistically the concept would work. Interviewing practitioners, patients and caregivers is another way to get some insight into the pop-up wellness lounge. I interviewed a patient who suffered from a stroke who was in rehab and the biggest challenge besides rehab is combating loneliness. Definitely an opportunity to make a welcoming space! Because it's a pop-up, it would be great to connect and prototype with MiLES from the vibrant cities concept: http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/realisation/power-to-the-pop-up

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Sharon Zhu

October 19, 2013, 08:00AM
Congratulations! In China, senior citizens increased significantly in the recent 10 years. Most of them are sick and lonely. Your idea does helps! Hope all aging people lead a better life.

Melissa Buwembo

October 03, 2013, 19:43PM
Hi Annie and Robert - Congrats on your winning concept! The idea of a Wellness Lounge piggybacks on the natural human behavior of community building and I love it! Thinking beyond this realisation in North America to developing countries, this is something that has international scale. Congratulations again, this is such a wonderful idea!

Tom Hulme

September 19, 2013, 14:13PM
Hi Annie and Robert – I love this idea. It made me think that these Wellness Lounges might actually become a valuable resource for big businesses: as all brands begin developing products and services for the elderly having this Lounge available would be useful. For example, for researching a new brand. Well done again on this wonderful idea!

Ashley Jablow

September 12, 2013, 19:42PM
Hi Annie and Robert – congrats on your winning concept! If you're interested in pursuing your idea further, you might want to check out the Knight News Challenge. They're focusing on the topic of health and the winning entries will receive grant funding to bring ideas to life. You can check it out here http://kng.ht/1aunB0h. Congrats again!

OpenIDEO

September 05, 2013, 21:48PM
We're excited that many OpenIDEO collaborators on this challenge have been talking about prototyping their ideas going forward. Awesome! If you take things further, be sure to let us know at key milestones via our Share Your Story feature: http://bit.ly/action-stories so we might help celebrate your progress and inspire others to transform ideas into action and social impact.
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T. Annie Nguyen

September 08, 2013, 07:26AM
I'm excited about the potential for these concepts to move forward as well! Will keep everyone posted.

Vikram Lokhande

September 01, 2013, 07:32AM
Okay. Congratulations on this one too Annie :) Great thinking again. Keep it up.
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T. Annie Nguyen

September 08, 2013, 07:24AM
Thanks Vikram!

Paul Reader

August 30, 2013, 04:58AM
Conratulations on this one too Annie - together they make a well integrated solution which can incorporate some of the other ideas.
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T. Annie Nguyen

September 08, 2013, 07:24AM
thanks Paul!

Karen Brent

August 22, 2013, 19:33PM
Annie - I think this is a great idea, and would work really nicely as a resource for our senior volunteers to refer clients as well as generate partners from health organizations:
http://www.openideo.com/open/mayo-clinic/ideas/more-than-just-a-doctor-s-visit-a-bridge-to-wellness
Maybe senior volunteers could be regular visitor/contributors to the lounge, assist with upkeep or simply spread the word. These types of resources are so beneficial for preventative medical care and could be appealing to health care foundations.

Ruth Eaton

August 19, 2013, 16:01PM
Congratulations on a great idea for multiple ages, and all you have offered up during refinement. Thinking down the road a bit, when applying your thinking specifically to seniors, could there be Wellness Coordinators who are seniors? Could the person doing the cooking demonstration be a senior who is working through 'cooking healthy for one' themselves (though this issue isn't unique to that age group)? My clients who have visited businesses/services catering to seniors often remark that they feel 'done to' or that they received well-intentioned services based on what someone much younger thinks would be good for them vs. what really fits for them. How might you draw out potential users' opinions during development about what activities they want delivered and how? A thought based on how much I like this idea for the senior community and not intended to take away from the importance of multiple ages at a Wellness Lounge. Keep up the great momentum!

Meena Kadri

August 20, 2013, 01:33AM
This is really great feedback, Ruth! What I like about Annie's idea is that it is not specifically age related (see IDEO's Gretchen Addi on Designing for People, Not Age: http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/tips-for-ideas-design-for-people-not-an-age/) – yet your suggestion here is a great one for thinking about what could help attract, engage and build trust with seniors. I especially like the opportunities the lounges present for intergenerational mixing – and I'm sure some younger folk would also benefit from the wisdom of senior wellness coordinators across a number of topics.

Ruth Eaton

August 20, 2013, 02:37AM
Agreed that the fact that it isn't age-specific is one of its best dimensions.

Paul Reader

August 20, 2013, 03:00AM
Absolutely! We tend to think in generations but it's really a continuum and various states of wellness exist at all points on that continuum.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 20, 2013, 03:35AM
Hi Ruth! Thanks for your feedback and insight. I agree and hope that age does not limit people from sharing, participating and contributing to the wellness lounge. It's a place to bring people from different ages together and improve upon their health and wellness. I also wrote about how other caregivers or people can present or share their own skills in this space and this also means seniors. I love your idea about the Wellness Coordinator could be seniors too.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 20, 2013, 05:47AM
Thanks Paul and Ruth!

Anne-Laure Fayard

August 19, 2013, 11:40AM
Annie, great idea: well-researched and supporting a variety of users and needs. As other noted, you (and Robert) did a great job on the visuals. I like that you tried to look at the overall experience / journey as well as some of the more specific details.
On the research side, I like how you grounded on your thinking on various sources; it's nice that you also did an interview; I'm sure a couple more interviews or maybe observing Emma Green and her customers in her salon would bring even more insights).

I agree with Nathan and Meena that connecting with Eric and MILES is a great opportunity. Looking forward to seeing the prototype develop.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 20, 2013, 04:29AM
Thanks Anne-Laure. I agree about the importance of research and talking to people whenever possible! I tried to leverage past research with caregivers in a health project by taking the high-level learnings and doing secondary research. Gathering together for an OpenIDEO was great. Everyone was open to sharing their own experiences with caregiving and/or people they know who are caregivers, which was incorporated in the concept.

Paul Reader

August 16, 2013, 14:02PM
Another great idea, presented brilliantly.
It may seem strange but I immediately thought of the challenge of Reviving Cities in Economic Decline - sometimes utilising those type of spaces for this type of initiative might work in conjunction with some of the other solutions suggested there.

Lee Wallace gave Karoline a link here ( http://theconversation.com/is-grandma-ok-theres-an-app-for-that-16759 ) which although of more immediate relevance to some of the other concepts sets out what is an almost universal truth “The challenge is that there’s a growing number of older Australians and we literally can’t build enough aged-care facilities to accommodate them. Most older Australians don’t want to go to aged-care facilities anyway. They want to be independent.” - you could substitute Americans, British, Danes or almost any other nationality. Although not a substitute for full facilities the flexibility and mobility of pop-ups is well suited to providing a range of support at the point of need.

Nathan Maton

August 15, 2013, 21:13PM
Annie, I love this idea. It seems really powerful. One quick suggestion on how you present it - perhaps starting with the paragraph "I was inspired by articles that reported how older people in China..." would allow people to get the need you're addressing from the get go. It wasn't until that paragraph I really bought into it.

I also wonder if MiLES could play some role here. Have you talked to them about it?

Meena Kadri

August 18, 2013, 21:29PM
Annie, you probably know all about miLES, being a seasoned OpenIDEATOR + New Yorker... but for those of you who aren't familiar, check out: http://bit.ly/vibrant-action-6 and further links from there. Certainly seems that there could be opportunities to collaborate if prototyping this in New York.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 19, 2013, 01:22AM
Thanks to you both for the suggestion to connect with MiLES. MiLES would be a perfect place to prototype this in the future and be included in the concept. Still new to NYC, I will definitely check them out and see how to make it happen!

Meena Kadri

August 19, 2013, 01:38AM
Going forward... let me know if / when you're keen via this comment thread and I'll introduce you to Eric from miLES directly by email if you like. Would be exciting to see OpenIDEO ideas collide!
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 20, 2013, 05:43AM
Thanks Meena! Would love the introduction. It would be great to try this idea out with MiLES. Thanks Nathan for the suggestion reordering of content. It's a lot to read through and starting out with the inspiration of the concept is a smart idea!

Paul Reader

August 20, 2013, 06:04AM
Harking back a couple of years Ana Cecilia Santos floated a concept for utilising balloons http://www.openideo.com/open/impact/concepting/leave-balloons-where-social-innovation-is-lacking-in-you-re-city-meet-up/ originally to highlight places in need of social innovation but during discussion on that concept it seemed the use of themed balloons might be a relatively inexpensive method of on-the-ground promotion for things like pop-ups.

Marcela Laverde

August 15, 2013, 04:03AM
The idea of the Pop-up wellness lounge being a flexible, modular space within a larger context (library, park, hospital etc) is a great opportunity to get people of different age groups to interact. Part of program could include the hosting of presentations and debates covering a range of topics on well-being. By linking efforts with grade schools and universities, Mayo Clinic can get the younger generation to share their ideas, projects, concerns and studies on well-being and health. Because many schools already encourage their students to perform community service, this would be another great way to do so.

Often students need to conduct research as part of their studies. Pop-up Wellness lounges can be the GO TO place to do this. By hosting live presentations and debates they can easily further their studies by conducting surveys DIRECTLY with people. This concept would not only be beneficial to the students, but would also give older citizens the opportunity to share their knowledge while giving them a sense of purpose and empowerment.

PLUS, if the Pop-up lounges are placed within a larger setting, the presentations and debates can be excellent opportunities to grab the attention of those passing by, who (with the aid of technology) should be able to “SHAZAM” the presentation and get more information on the student speakers, discussions, and insights.

Meena Kadri

August 11, 2013, 22:01PM
Awesome work on the new visualisations, Annie!
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 12, 2013, 23:11PM
Thanks! I worked with Robert Harris, who took my drawing and brought it to life :)

Meena Kadri

August 12, 2013, 23:32PM
Love it when awesome people collaborate with other awesome people!

Christian Burke

August 16, 2013, 00:41AM
yes, the project and drawings are great !

Dmitry Rendov

August 16, 2013, 10:38AM
Really great idea!
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 19, 2013, 01:57AM
Thanks! Robert did a great job on the visuals for the pop-up!

Kenneth Walton

August 08, 2013, 18:14PM
I like your idea; maybe the Mayo Clinic could go a step further and make the Pop Ups more mobile by using shipping containers. These could easily be moved around, and with a minimal amount of construction and design be connected to serve many of the purposes you suggest. Maker Space, Clinic, Education, even shopping or pharmacy. Group them together and create a Pop Up Mall or traveling seniors center.

Paul Reader

August 19, 2013, 14:46PM
Some great thoughts here Kenneth. In some places mobility could be a crucial factor.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 20, 2013, 03:12AM
Hi Kenneth, thanks for the suggestion! The flexibility, modularity, reuse and mobility of the pop-up I think are the strengths of the concept in communities to bring people together.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 07, 2013, 02:12AM
I'm organizing a meetup next Monday evening in NYC. If anyone is interested please let me know!

Houda Boulahbel

August 05, 2013, 00:29AM
Fantastic idea! I love all the thought that you put into it, and the flexibility offered by using pop up spaces. I wonder how you would envision driving people to these pop-up lounges? Would you advertise them?
What if you started off with a "wellness van" to go around various districts and introduce people to the idea and its benefits? The Algerian government tried this approach to encourage women to have regular breast checks and it was a lot more effective than the specialised clinics they had set up previously.

Meena Kadri

August 05, 2013, 04:12AM
Great global insight, Houda!
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 07, 2013, 02:16AM
Thanks Houda for great and important questions in making this successful :) The wellness van would be a great way to reach people who are not able to visit the wellness lounge pop-up or the van may be a means to get people to the pop-up. I've talked with a nonprofit that has worked with local barbershops and stylists who talk to customers about their health that provide awareness in a non-clinical environment to reach those who unlikely to get a check-up. Hopefully there are some opportunities for partnerships with local businesses and possibly transportation that gets people to the wellness pop-ups!

Rachel Lopdrup

August 08, 2013, 04:36AM
Good point, Houda! That would probably be a more cost-effective solution than permanent centers. Additionally, Annie, you could turn this into a business opportunity by selling healthy foods, products, or advertising for health-related companies. Then you can use the money to make the service even better!

Taichi Nakashima

August 02, 2013, 07:02AM
One thing that appealed to me about this idea was the potential to take a modular approach the space. You could have different physical spaces assigned to cover specific topic areas - something like one area dedicated to finding out information, another to help you take that information and learn how to act upon it, etc. This also gives a potential sponsor the opportunity to "own" a space to deliver their own relevant content and messaging.
Also, modules that are effective in one community could be replicated in the next Wellness Lounge, while the modules that don't perform as well could be swapped out for a new concept.
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 11, 2013, 16:46PM
Thanks Taichi for the adding your suggestion! Making the space more modular and dedicated would give different areas a voice. I think what I like about the idea of modular setting is that it's flexible too especially if there's an event then the space can accommodate for that as well.

Annie Lin

August 02, 2013, 00:22AM
One of the many things I really like about this idea is the expansive scope of "wellness." I can see the Wellness Lounge becoming very beneficial not only for elders but also younger generations to socialize and get more information about physical and mental well-being. I wonder if you can envision different use cases of the Wellness Lounge for different demographic groups?

Liana Crosby

August 01, 2013, 17:53PM
This is a great idea! There are seniors in cities around the world that gather to play chess in the park - another kind of gathering of seniors that happens naturally.
My grandmothers attend a senior day care center (paid for by Medicare for disabled low-income seniors) 2-3 times a week. They get picked up from their home and are taken to the center, where they socialize, have art activities (singing, drawing), are encouraged to exercise, are given two meals, and then brought back to their home.
These centers, though great resources, I think could be improved (also, they're only for the disabled from what I understand). They could hire the Wellness Coordinator that you describe, who would check in with them regularly, and connect them to other community resources and senior groups OUTSIDE the senior center that they attend.

Meena Kadri

August 01, 2013, 22:09PM
Brilliant provocation, Liana, around supporting seniors to *connect with their communities* !

Lynn Liss

July 30, 2013, 22:18PM
Congratulations on making the top 20! My father moved to Los Angeles in January after suffering a stroke to live with us and I can tell you that a local Wellness Lounge would be absolutely desirable for caretakers and the elderly being cared for alike. It's difficult to know where to start, where to go, what the possibilities are within your city...and it's been very hard to find anything vibrant and educational that you'd WANT to take part in yourself...nonetheless force your father to go through :) Good luck!
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T. Annie Nguyen

August 08, 2013, 02:13AM
Thanks Lynn for the support and sharing your experience! It's great to hear that something like this would be greatly valuable and desirable. Hope to combine this concept with the Caregiver's Toolkit. Let me know if you have any suggestions to add for either concepts.

OpenIDEO

July 30, 2013, 22:02PM
Congrats on making the Healthy Ageing Challenge Top 20 shortlist! We're loving how much thought you've put into this and that you've found a way to involve Mayo Clinic. As next steps during Refinement, it'd be great for you to think about how you might bring your early prototyping ideas to life: for instance, maybe you draw the blueprint for what this space would look like? Also, would this be purely an educational/social service? Or would the Wellness Lounge be sponsored by a company, hospital or other institution? What are the pros and cons of each option? For more tips on how to iterate and prototype your idea during the Refinement phase, read here http://bit.ly/agewell_refinetips and check this Lowdown: http://bit.ly/oi_refine

Lena Dickinson

July 26, 2013, 01:04AM
I really like your inclusion of self- worth and empowerment. Maintaining dignity and respect is so hard with aging. That human element is a great point out and a very important part that gets lost in healthcare.
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T. Annie Nguyen

July 30, 2013, 06:46AM
Thanks Lena! Agreed that sometimes in the process of being a patient or caregiver in a clinical environment it's even more important to make sure the human elements of the experience are recognized.

OpenIDEO

July 24, 2013, 21:16PM
Congrats on this idea being today's onsite Featured Idea!
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T. Annie Nguyen

July 30, 2013, 06:43AM
Thanks :)

Jennifer

July 24, 2013, 00:29AM
This is such an incredible and well thought out idea! Your comments about the IKEA gatherings and Jamie Oliver's pop-up kitchens really struck a cord with me. Establishing 'neutral' gathering places in our communities is the first step to building relationships and understanding the underlying themes of wellness and aging. Having many social and interactive components as you've outlined makes it easier to open a dialogue between people and accessing resources. I feel like these public areas have been disappearing from our communities with the growth of technology. Places like YMCA's, JCC's, or even the library are neglected and forgotten. I love that your wellness centers are encompassing of all folks and not just those of a certain age, hobby, or background!
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T. Annie Nguyen

July 24, 2013, 05:27AM
Thanks so much Jennifer!
You point out some really great places that have been around for a long time that service the community that are not usually top of mind to hang out as much anymore. Last month, I read that Chicago Public Library created a Maker's Lab inside their library to spark hands-on learning, which is wonderful. I think they also had a similar goal, which was to active their spaces for everyone from all backgrounds to come and learn. http://www.chipublib.org/aboutcpl/cplpr/2013/innovation_lab.php

Meena Kadri

July 23, 2013, 21:51PM
Oh my – lots to love here! Loving the extended outreach via a pop up model.
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T. Annie Nguyen

July 24, 2013, 00:00AM
Thanks Meena!

Annie Lin

July 23, 2013, 21:38PM
I love this idea. I've been thinking about how great it would be to have popup "sleep lounges" (like you might have at airports) around city neighborhoods, but this really takes it to a whole new level. :)
The images you uploaded with this idea are great too! They make the whole idea seem so much more concrete and tangible.
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T. Annie Nguyen

July 23, 2013, 23:59PM
Thanks Annie and yes, sleep lounges sound nice! Definitely inspired by the article that so many older people in China go to IKEA to hang out and lounge. Hopefully while hanging out at the Wellness Lounge, people can learn about easy healthy tips or contribute to own skills to share in the space.
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