Depression is widespread and set to be the world’s second largest disease by 2020. The symptoms are mostly indicated among older people, because growing older is often accompanied by a loss of key social support systems.
When suddenly forced to life alone, people often struggle in taking care of themselves because they lose motivation. Cooking a one-person meal, getting out of bed and dressing when nobody is going to see them and taking enough physical activity are all things that tend to get neglected, even though they are important for good health.
Lack of social stimuli can cause people to feel depressed and tired. Without sufficient social stimulation people’s feeling of well being and health are negatively influenced. This applies not only to people who lose a spouse, but also to those who retire. After finishing a stressful period with a high workflow or busy routines they enter a sudden state of rest. Then they fall into a black hole, characterized by a feeling that they ought to be doing something, combined with insecurity about the future.
Many older people experience this black hole and struggle to life alone. As a result, many seniors find themselves having to cope with symptoms that could, in fact, be easily treated or avoided.
This service collects activities such as social tasks, volunteer jobs and other opportunities. These activities are send to specific users and reflects their personal profile, which is based on their preferences and background. The user is enabled to select activities of interested and come in touch with the official provider of the activity. By attending to these activities the user becomes motivated and leads a more active life full of stimuli.
Because a television set is available in the average living room, we have chosen to create a television interface that is controlled with the remote control. By handling a familiar device the product becomes user-friendly and is easily adoptable, this in contrast with a computer, which isn't always totally naturalized by the intended target group.