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Empowering gerontechnology: mStick and hStick

Umeå workshop 11.12.2012
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Päivi Kuosmanen

on 13 December 2012

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Transcript of Empowering gerontechnology: mStick and hStick

Empowering gerontechnology: mStick and hStick by
University of Helsinki and
Lappeenranta University of Technology
Finland with many thanks to European Regional Development Fund and Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, Finland
Wow, did you really tend cows at the age of five? Here is my hStick. I have stored all my health-related info from the last three years there, including my sleeping diary. Thank you, now we can plan your treatment based on your health history and experiences. a customer, mStick pilot Nine years ago I got seriously ill, and I have been having controls and blood tests since then. It would be nice if these results were on the stick, maybe to have some graphs of them. It is important to me that I‘m aware of my health history. I hadn’t seen such a stick before. Well, that was… that was a miracle! The stick can hold so much material. I have noticed that the fear towards technology has already turned to curiosity. a service consultant, mStick pilot Knowing her life story has given more meaning to my work. I feel like we can understand each other better and the care situations go more smoothly than before. Now I feel I'm a person with a past, not just a patient. Cars have service manuals, so why don't human beings? Living Lab This is great – here you can really see that Mrs. Lahti likes to have the hair rollers put into her hair after the sauna or shower. When you concretely see it, you’ll remember it better. The mStick of Mrs. Hilja Lahti From sheep to wool - from wool to sweater Also my children have noticed that now this grandpa has got some new power. a 74 year old man taking part in an mStick pilot
a customer in an mStick pilot Empowerment Generational intelligence It was really nice of you to store my precious photos on the stick. So exciting to watch them on the TV screen! Information society for all The Stick concept as a social innovation Ends

enriching social interaction
renewing the caring culture Means

Socially sustainable innovation process: co-creation with users and other stakeholders Basic idea Piloting Concept refinement Diffusion Co-creation 2010 2011 2012 2013 Timeline of the Stick innovation process The Sticks Project - Innovative approaches to ageing people's health promotion and memory support

The emphasis is not on artefacts but on gerontological imagination. Umeå workshop
11th December 2012 Entertainment Services Technology The stick philosophy is open to multiple technical solutions. Illustrations of this Prezi: Laura Mellanen mStick Basic information needed in case of emergency Self-care Living will Health stick (hStick) Collective memories tailor-made user centered proactive empowerment quality of life enriching human contacts Health care support and health promotion Care work support Renewing the caring culture Photo by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho from Lahti, Finland
Source: Wikimedia Commons It was so much fun! Reminiscence stick Trends of gerontechnology The collaboration network Simple concept - a variety of opportunities children immigrants etc. genealogy Memories of the Finnish Winter War, 1939

"I was a little more than four years old when my dad left to a military refresher course. Dad had made wood for the winter, but it was not enough, because of the famous Winter War frosts. So, we were running low on wood. As the eldest son I was supposed to go and chop down some willows; my two older sisters, 6- and 8-year-olds, used a sled to pull the willow branches back home.

Mom put me dad's wool coat and rolled up the sleeves to my armpits. The coat extended down to my ankles. I don’t remember feeling cold at all, on the contrary, waving an ax was a sweaty job.

I went to see my chopping site in the spring. One could have thought it was the rats that had nibbled away the willows. It’s not that I didn’t have the strength - apparently a dull ax was the reason for the deformed stumps.

I didn’t have any accidents or hit myself with an ax during the winter. Apparently, I knew how to be careful." 'Sticks' - an R&D project conducted in Lahti Region, Finland 2010-2013 by University of Helsinki and Lappeenranta University of Technology Writing the life story helps you find something that maybe indicates that the chosen direction has been a good choice and you can accept the decisions you have made. For more information, please visit our website http://www.tikutus.fi
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