Tech for the elderly

The technology must improve the quality of life of
ældre

Old technology mixed with new innovation ensures that older people can stay in touch
with their nearest and dearest.

In a living room strongly marked by the fact that its owner has lived for almost 99 years, sits Elna
Fuglsang Nielsen in a sofa with the television on. Countless hang around her
paintings, plaques and photographs adorning the surrounding walls. The decorations are
the embodiment of almost a century of anecdotes, which should be shared with
future heirs and other life witnesses.
At home in the densely decorated living room
in a nursing home in Odense, Elna has in
day visit of his daughter; she often has. But her daughter, Hanne Fuglsang Nielsen,
is still sitting in his house in Harlev in southern Aarhus. Here is the background for the image of
Hanne. A newly renovated country house that she shares with both children and grandchildren;
Elna's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elna's visit by her daughter, Hanne Fuglsang Nielsen, takes place through Elna's TV. Here can
Hanne Fuglsang Nielsen can call via a link. This means that Elna should not touch
by neither buttons nor remote control. Then they can talk about family
everyday life.
"It means so much that we can see each other. It means a lot more, rather than that
sidde med en telefon. Det giver mere kvalitet i samværet,”  fortæller Hanne Fuglsang.

Would give the elderly more quality of life
This possibility for relatives to call their elderly through a video call is
created by the company Videolink, of which Mads Søndergaard is the man. Video link
means that the elderly do not have to take a stand on the technology. All they have to do is turn on their TV,
when they have the opportunity to be contacted.
The idea started in 2018, when Mads Søndergaard stood between consulting jobs and wanted to do
a difference. Therefore, he came out to the nursing homes with a start-up company that
should be a physical webshop for the elderly. Here he was inspired to do something
more for the elderly.

Photo: 1 Today's cake for coffee in Aarhus now also occupies part of 99-year-olds
Elna Fuglsang Nielsen's everyday life in Odense

“I wanted to create more quality of life for the elderly; give them something back. They have paid taxes
all their lives so they deserve more, ”  tells Mads Søndergaard.
Out in the nursing homes, Mads Søndergaard discovered that all the elderly's homes were
equipped with a TV.
"We give children an iPad, and we give older people a TV. Then we think they are entertained, ” siger
Mads Søndergaard.
He wanted to offer more than just pastimes to the elderly, and therefore began to work on
a way in which the elderly could more often make contact with the outside world. And that's how it happened
Videolink in 2020 just inside the Covid-19 pandemic, which confirmed the need for
Mads Søndergaard's company.

Technology helps relatives
In Odense, Elna Fuglsang Nielsen is sitting on her sofa. The TV is on and the screen can
she follows what is happening to her daughter in Harlev. Here Hanne asks
back then, where Elna through the TV could see how the renovation of Elna’s old
summer house on Nordfyn was located. This starts a long stream of how enchanting it was,
that Elna's grandchildren wanted to keep the house, and how exciting it was to be able to keep up
in the process.
"It is magnificent that you can follow what is happening outside
the family," Elna says.
It also means a lot to Elna's family that they can call her when they have not
opportunity to physically be with her. For Christmas Eve, Elna could see hers
great-grandchildren unpack the Christmas presents from her, and on New Year's Eve, the family sat at each end
of the country and toasted each other into the new year.
For Elna, it also means that she gets the opportunity to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren more often.
Physically, she has not been able to see them since Christmas, but now the families can call Elna when
it suits them.
"It is fantastic to be able to see all my great-grandchildren and that I can join in
the home, ”  tells Elna Fuglsang Nielsen.

Many older people feel lonely
Loneliness occurs when the individual's need for socializing is not met. This
there is a great tendency when one gets older, as mobility and one's physical health do not
always consistent with the mental.
About 55,000 elderly people feel lonely, reports Ældresagen. The reasons may be that
one has retired, has lost his spouse or that one finds it harder to

get around and thereby participate in social activities. These are the reasons why especially older
is a vulnerable group to loneliness, which also results in poorer quality of life.
Loneliness for a longer period of time also increases the risk of more diseases, and loneliness
is therefore not solely a social problem for our elderly, but prevention of
loneliness will also have socioeconomic benefits.
"No one wants to admit that they are lonely. It's not something we want to talk about
om,” says Hans Weinrech, who is a board member of Ældresagen Aarhus.
Here it is seen as a big problem that the elderly feel lonely. Hans Weinrich
tells of several solutions that are being tried in the elderly to minimize
the loneliness. Most are technological and involve iPads and smartphones wherever
volunteers will help raise the social element of the elderly.
Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, loneliness among the elderly has increased. This is caused by
restrictions and the risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19. This has made that older
have been more isolated, leading to dissatisfaction and loneliness. Loneliness was, however
also a major societal problem before Corona.
"I do not expect it to stop just because we are allowed to come out again. It is a
permanent need among the elderly, ” says Hans Weinrich

Technology can help the elderly
Hanne Fuglsang Nielsen sits in the renovated country house and shows it to her mother
cake, which she bought at Harlev Bakery. It's a roulade, and the image of it records
now also some of Elna Fuglsang Nielsen's living room in Odense. The video call gives mom and
daughter opportunity to become a larger part of each other's everyday life, where the stage for
the contact does not necessarily have to be in the nursing home in Odense.
Hanne Fuglsang Nielsen was already looking for a similar solution before Covid-19-
the pandemic before Zoom and Teams became part of the Danes' everyday lives. She wrote to
Videolink on March 11, and from there the technology evolved. Here became the Fuglsang family
Nielsen test persons for Videolink, and has since used it almost daily
basis.
Hanne Fuglsang Nielsen is a strong advocate for the innovative idea to be implemented in
everyday life of more elderly people. Videolink is still in the process of completing their product development,
but expects the official version to be launched in the summer of 2021.
It gives Elna a new opportunity to follow the family's daily life from her living room in
Odense. And if Elna is not sitting in the living room, Hanne calls her and says:
"I'm on TV, Mom! There is a broadcast. ”

 

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