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Social inclusion in the district (Weser Report)

Ulrike Gerhard talks in the interview about the future of the project "Mobile Age“

by Biljana Neloska

The Project “Mobile Age” aims to make the lives of older citizens in Bremen Osterholz easier. After the first phase, it is going to go to Bremen Hemelingen soon. Ulrike Gerhard takes stock and tells what is still to come.

Weser Report: How has the project developed since its beginning in last year?

Ulrike Gerhard: Since the start in June 2016 we have met regularly every second to third week with a group of older adults in Bremen Osterholz. Together we have developed a prototype for a digital guide for the district. Together with the participants, we have worked on the definition of the content, the collection and creation of relevant data as well as on the form of display and the interface design. The result is a map based digital district guide for older adults in Osterholz that is provided as test version via www.bremen.de/osterholz/senioren. Overall, it has become apparent, that activities – cultural or outdoor – and related information are important for the social inclusion.

What happens in the next weeks?

At the moment the application gets tested. We have conducted user tests with our participants as well as with home residents from Osterholz who were not involved in the project. Additionally there is a link to an online-questionnaire for the evaluation on the front page. The content of the digital district guide is still being revised. We are planning the development of a second district guide for the district of Hemelingen. Our aim is on the one hand to learn from our experiences on how to involve older adults effective in such processes and to improve the participation process. On the other hand, we want to refine the application and adapt it to the wishes, interests and needs of the older citizens in Hemelingen.

What was the greatest success so far?

That eleven people worked actively and with joy with us regularly for a period of six month. Furthermore the participants were very satisfied with the result and they experienced the process as beneficial, particularly because they explored and got to know their district in a new way. And that we got positive feedback from older citizens in the district that did not participate in the process.

What is to be achieved in the future?

The BORIS group in Osterholz is going to take the maintenance of the data on nice places. Our experiences will feed into a so called “best practice guide” that shall support service providers and software developers to involve older adults in the development of new online services.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693319
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