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 USA
Cross-Generational Care Printer Friendly Version
I currently live next to a care home for the elderly and the residents don't sound very happy there. One notable exception is when they are around young children. My idea is simple: combine elderly care centers with children's day care centers. Young children haven't yet learned from society that people have to behave in certain ways so 'wacky old people' behaviors don't bother them as much, and maybe they'll grow up to be better people for the immersion.
This is simply a replacement of traditional multi-generational family arrangements, where retired, older generations maintained their value to the family as caregivers while able-bodied folks toiled in the field. Nowadays, we've deemed that being old implies that you have to retire and interact only with your age group while living in care centers. Generally, it seems to me that people don't spend enough time outside their age group anymore; and small children don't have much choice about who they spend time with.
Some of the benefits include: Cross-generational information exchange, fewer staff per person, and greater human contact across generations.
Reward: I hope that when I am too old to care for myself, that I am not isolated from future generations and forced to end my influence in society. 

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Michael Fortier
 USA
Personal Locator Printer Friendly Version
Using Cell Phone Technology create a device that can be placed on elderly and small children so that when they get lost they could be located. Have it with an automatic on so that they wouldn't have to press a button to answer. You could just start talking to them and them to you. Also include a panic button on it for emergencies.
Reward: Trip to Europe with my wife. 

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Steve
 Austria
Mobile for the elderly Printer Friendly Version
There's an entire generation out there that would desperately need mobile phones, but they are more or less barred from their use. I'm talking about elderly people who would love to have a mobile for certain situations, but today's phones are so small and the buttons even smaller that they simply can't use them.
What I am thinking of is a simple device with just a couple of picture buttons - one for calling the doctor, one for a taxi, one for the grand daughter etc. The grand children (or the mobile shop) would program those buttons once and even old people with bad eyes and shaky fingers could easily handle such a device.
Reward: Such a mobile for free for my parents who will need it by the time it has been invented 

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