SHARING OUR PROJECT WITH SENIORS
In addition to sharing our project with the experts we consulted and the local community at outreach events, we shared our project with many active seniors, including a senior focus group who met for the first time, our grandparents, our Senior Partner and the seniors at a local assisted living facility. We also shared our project with the caregivers at that facility and conducted surveys in which both active seniors and assisted living facility caregivers completed. Everyone provided great feedback and helped us in developing our “Senior Solution.” In our sharing, we discussed the importance of keeping hydrated as well.
SENIOR FOCUS GROUP
OUR SENIOR PARTNER
Our Senior Partner identified the problem of dehydration by telling us how her husband is constantly being reminded to drink because he feels he does not get thirsty.
Our Senior Partner told us that he did not drink water while working on their roof on a summer day in their town, which is located in a very hot area. Her husband did not feel thirsty despite the hot weather. After he came into the house, he passed out and vomited. He was rushed to the emergency room and was later diagnosed with severe dehydration.
When we were trying to identify senior-related problems by visiting a doctor at a local clinic, he told us that dehydration is really a concern for seniors because they lose or have a lower sense of thirst as they get older so they become dehydrated.
After field trips, extensive research, and talking with seniors, we came up with our solution to this important problem. Then we shared our solution idea with various seniors in addition to the experts we consulted.