Living Lab for improving social health of Turkish-Dutch elderly

Bison code: L.28311 (for GT: L.28312)

You have the skills to help us with the realisation of a living lab in which strengths of the population and partnerships in the community play an important role to improve the social health of Turkish- Dutch elderly people, supported by technology. If you also have the enthusiasm to use your semester to improve the lives of elderly people with a Turkish migration background, this is the project for you!

In Deventer, there are currently 6.730 people with a Turkish migration background making it the largest not non-Western community in the city. Most of them live in the Rivierenwijk and surrounding area. Similar to the general trend in our country and city, this population can also be characterised as an ageing population. Factors related to lifestyle, the use of health and welfare services, and a higher level of prevalence of mental problems, negatively contribute to the health status of the Turkish older adults. These challenges require specific interventions aiming to improve the overall health and well-being of this group to ensure a healthy ageing population of Turkish people in Deventer. Methods such as action research and co-creation will be used to develop interventions that enable Turkish people to take control over their ageing process.

In an previous project of SSS, students build a fundament for a living lab in the Rivierenwijk and surrounding area in Deventer. A living lab is an open-innovation system in which a product or service is developed, tested and put into use together with the target group. In this project, the neighbourhood was first mapped-out. Important key figures in the neighbourhood were identified, as well as important partnerships, organisations in the neighbourhood, so that connections could be made. Meetings took place to get to know the Turkish elderly people and other key figures in the neighbourhood ((in)formal professionals and business owners). With this information, (visual) scenarios for living labs, based on a programme of requirements and with support of technology were advised, including a marketing strategy to motivate relevant actors for cooperating in this living lab. The students did an important job for a long term investment of creating equal relationships, so that together with the Turkish-Dutch elderly and other relevant people, for example, informal and professional caregivers or entrepreneurs, work can be done on the social health of the Turkish-Dutch elderly people in the form of a living lab.

In this project you will build on the work of the previous SSS group by strengthening the fundament of our living lab. However, one thing in particular is an ongoing challenge: building on a relationship of trust. Therefore, we have to invest in a natural and respectful relationship by first getting to know their neighbourhood and getting to know the people, their networks and other important key figures of the community. Furthermore, by means of participating in existing meaningful community based activities with them or by discovering, designing and conducting new meaningful community based (eHealth) interventions/ activities with them. Interventions or activities based on an exchange of talents (or cultural habits) of the target group, researchers and students of Saxion e.g. cooking together, giving Dutch/ Turkish lessons, offering iPad or computer trainings, etc.

In your smart solutions project, strengths of this population have to be recognised and taken into account to build up a fruitful cooperation.

Components of the project will include:

–           Investing in the relationship with Turkish-Dutch elderly people and important other key figures.
–           Further development fundament living lab including prototypes for living labs based on a programme of requirements, with support of technology and build on marketing strategy to motivated relevant actors for living lab cooperation.

Cluster: Elderly Care 1

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):