Eh, Bud! is an app that provides a buddy-pairing service that matches older adults in continuing care facilities with newcomers in Canada to promote social interaction.
Transitioning into a new environment with an unfamiliar language or developing physical and mental limitations as we grow older, pose great challenges that not only affect our physical wellbeing but also our mental health. For participants in new immigrant organizations and older adults in continuing care facilities in Canada, these are challenges that they face everyday. These two groups are more vulnerable not only to being excluded in society but also to experiencing loneliness. Consequently, the lack of social networks and support produces long-term damage to psychological health. With that, a solution needs to be set in place.
A digital solution, Eh, bud! is an app for facilitators and trained volunteers to keep track of participant’s progress, discover stories told by older adults and newcomers, as well as schedule events for participants to attend. In light of recent events, this app is an innovative solution for older adults in continuing care facilities and participants in new immigrant organizations to stay connected.