Modern Aging: Cross-generational housing

Three young women have come up with an idea that solves two problems with one solution; social isolation among elderly and shortage of housing for students. Here is their story;

Gabriela, an economist from Czech Republic; Bibiana from Colombia with higher education background in political science and Kika from Spain with higher education background in history. Although each of us had different reasons to move to Sweden, our interest in entrepreneurship and innovation in the social sector brought us together.

Daily, we encounter people around the city that even though they are senior they manage to live independently by themselves. At first, we were positively surprised by this, but when we looked closer on the psychological and social factors that affect the health and quality of life among the older people, we realized that loneliness is one of the most important problems within this population in Sweden. A problem that becomes very costly for society in the cases where it leads to depression, additional to the obvious personal suffering for the people being lonely.

Our innovation is to develop a tool to identify and match older people living alone and having a spare room in their homes with students in need of accommodation in Stockholm. Our project is called Tillsammans, which means Together in Swedish. It is a simple solution with the potential to enrich the lives of both students and elderly by creating daily inter-generational meetings as well as saving money for society.

Our project will use already existing resources; contribute to the social cohesion and strengthen the social networks.

We are aiming to find partners from the elderly care sector, pensioners’ organizations, universities and any other interested in improving the lives of the elderly.

Being part of the Modern Aging program gives us a unique opportunity to meet entrepreneurs, mentors and professionals from the S

wedish health care sector. Thanks to the network of those professionals and their intensive coaching we are building a concept around our idea and turning it into reality.

Old and young

Source: http://socialinnovation.se/sv/modern-aging-blog-tillsammans/

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About Stéphanie Treschow

I work as Country Manager for ACCESS Health International, Sweden. I have a background in Banking and hold a Master of Science in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics. I have previously worked as Equity Sales Analyst at Citigroup in London where I advised global institutional clients on global equities. Prior to that, I have pursued several internships for global institutional banks in New York, London and Stockholm. I have also worked with the private charitable foundation, The World We Want, in identifying and evaluating projects aimed at poverty alleviation and solutions to environmental degradation.

One response to “Modern Aging: Cross-generational housing”

  1. Peter Rohlen says :

    Really great idea! All the best with it 🙂

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