Social isolation According to Phone Number Database the Elderly Fund , more than 40 percent of Dutch over-50s feel lonely. The older, the higher this percentage. This is partly because they have a smaller social network Phone Number Database due to the death of their partner or declining health. I have already written about the usefulness and necessity of applying digital technology to combat social isolation . In Enschede, welfare Phone Number Database organization Alifa and the Municipality of Enschede responded to this by realizing and implementing the GezelschApp.
Older people between the Phone Number Database ages of 60 and 90 are offered relevant information, again based on their extensive customer profile and online behaviour. The aim is to move them to activities in the city that interest them and to easily connect them with participants with the same interests. Targeted activation of individual Phone Number Database participants Alifa's welfare coaches play an indispensable role in this. They monitor the (in)activity of the participants in the GezelschApp on a daily basis. Based on the available data Phone Number Database and reports, they can activate and guide groups of users and individual participants in a targeted manner by means of notifications.
Roessingh Research and Phone Number Database Develop m ent is currently conducting research into the effects of the GezelschApp. This will be completed at the end of February 2018. Interim results already show that the app Phone Number Database meets a need: the elderly are looking for interesting activities and companionship. In particular, being able to place calls to do something together is indicated as the most important Phone Number Database functionality. What do we have left to do? Previous examples illustrate that digital personal attention pays off and that the digital social innovation movement has started. But this is just the beginning.