Virtual Senior Community Center
How Uniper improves emotional health among older adults in Israeli community centers
The Israeli Ministry of Welfare is the organization tasked with providing community services to older adults, and in order to achieve they established gatherings in community centers throughout the country. In these community centers, older adults are given the opportunity to meet, learn, exercise and socialize.
It is typical for seniors to visit the community center between one to three times a week, but often members will be forced to miss activities due to sickness, bad weather, or inability to arrive at the center. The lack of participation in center's activities can cause a negative influence on their mood as well as increase feelings of loneliness and depression. Moreover, some of the members are interested in attending specific sessions and not the overall day.
Uniper has partnered with the Israeli Ministry of Welfare to extend the services provided by existing senior community centers, thus assisting to reduce loneliness among older adults and promote healthier lifestyle opportunities for older adults.
Uniper’s TV kit was easily installed at each of the members homes, which allowed seniors to take part in live video group chats right from their own existing television sets. Additionally, in each community center, Uniper’s broadcasting kit (hardware equipped with Uniper software) was installed. This allowed for the opportunity to broadcast existing community activities to participants at home.
As a result, the senior participants viewing from home could see, hear, and talk with one another during classes in a discussion format. Thanks to the unique services provided by Uniper, seniors are able to actively participate through live discussions, classes, trivia, music, tours, health advice (like to self-manage chronic disease) and physical exercise.
Uniper provides senior center leaders with a community management portal, so that they may monitor their community activities and more accurately measure participation. Community leadership and staff can also manage and interact with their community members via digitized message boards, uploaded content, and many more options