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Prairie Elder Care

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Kansas City Metro

Missouri

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The Story.

Innovator(s)

Our employer is Prairie Elder Care and they provide quality dementia care for seniors in Kansas City that makes life worth living.

Problem

The problem is that teenagers and the younger generation don’t know much about elder care because it has a certain stigma around it and it impacts them being uneducated and unable to enter the field of senior and elder care. 
How might we bring value to our employers by attracting younger people to elder care?

Solution

Our solution includes interactive workshops and social media outreach (Young AT Heart). Through interactive workshops, teenagers will be able to interact with the senior residents and be able to see how elder care actually works. We also have an informational social media account that targets teenagers and informs them about the realities of senior care.

Target Market

Teenagers and the youth are the people that we are targeting because they are unable to enter the field of senior care because of outdated stereotypes. The interactive workshops will really sell the idea of working in senior care along with the residents.

Societal Impact

Healthcare is in crisis, and we can’t lose the younger generation from working in senior care or healthcare. That is why our solution will bring more people and teenagers towards the field of healthcare and senior care, so that in the future, they will do the same with the next generation.

Next Steps

We would need to partner up with community service clubs in school, and get them to partner with Prairie Elder Care as a way to gain community service hours. Though this, we will also start up our interactive workshops, where we will have guest speakers and interaction with the residents.

Reflection

We have built a lot of patience because this is one of the skills needed when working with seniors. I have also learned so many things about senior living that I wouldn’t have known otherwise, such as that they are really nice and comforting people to talk to. They are good listeners and love to share their stories as well.

Use of Backer Contributions

We are not currently accepting contributions from our voters. This pitch is part of the ProX competition for $5,000. We will use the funding to make dementia informational boxes for teenagers in partnership with the Dementia Society of America. This will provide teenagers with a different and better viewpoint of senior living. We will also use the money to serve food at our interactive workshops, because teenagers always show up where there is food.

Community Feedback

Here's what community partners, backers, and judges for this pitch have shared so far...

Still judged this pitch even though it was after voting period.

4/20/2024

Keep it up!

4/20/2024

4/20/2024

So good that I'm donating $20!!!

4/20/2024

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