Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Health literacy and patient empowerment, Personalized health management, Assisted daily living, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering).
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
With the support of Senior Center Without Walls, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, PT Foundation, Setúbal Parish Council, School of Psychology - University of Lisboa and other local organizations who help identifying homebound seniors who wish to remain socially active, this project can operate very well. They provide facilities, technical assistance and help in solving problems related to the operation of the project. The Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon also gives support on the performance evaluating of the participants of the project, especially with regard to the psychological evaluation. Without this assistance the project would not have such positive results and benefits to its participants.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Telephone rings at 5 is a pilot project and results from the adaptation of a telephone programme first developed in Australia and afterwards implemented in the USA. The latter has been recognized and awarded in 2008 by the American Society on Aging and MetLife Foundation and in 2010 received the Jefferson Awards. Was also recognized in 2012 as a good practice within the European Year of Active Aging and Solidarity Between Generations.
The outcomes of the programme developed in Australia and in the US were positive and based on these results we tried to adjust the project to the Portuguese population. With the help of Senior Center Without Walls we try to develop this pilot project, through the debate on the activities to be performed, the target population in question, as well as the operationalization of the project. Through these partnerships, we believe this may be a useful project for the elderly Portuguese, with very positive results, as we can see through the preliminary assessments carried out to date.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
The main difficulties are finding participants for the project – this area has lots of elderly living alone but it's difficult to find and convince them to join in (some have difficulties to assume they are loneliness, the majority is depressed and refuses help); and the lack of feedback from our partner’s might be a barrier – all social institutions we contacted like the project but just a few helped us finding participants.
We intend to overcome these barriers through the dissemination of the project in a more effective and successful way with the target population, as well as extending our range of partners, aiming to reach a greater number of seniors as possible to the proper functioning of the project.