Loneliness among elderly is becoming a serious problem in the western world. Researchers in 2011, showed that around 2.6 million people aged 65 – 84 years are living alone in EU. Proportionally, this puts pressure on pensions system of many countries that are trying to find ways to maintain an appropriate standard of living to these categories of citizens. The UK, for example, tried to solve this question by establishing a government post to fight loneliness, a practice also soon to be followed by the German government.
The problem of loneliness escalates even more if the person lives in hard-to-reach locations like isolated areas or small villages away from the cities. In cases like this, there are mobility and health issues every time the person needs to go to the city center for commodity unavailable in his/her area.
The HEMOSY and Polis target this population too. Having in mind the struggle they have to face every day, HEMOSY and Polis allow for senior population to enjoy the pleasure of life like playing a card game or a simple conversation.
To do this in the physical world can be very expensive, requiring to invest a large amount of financial and human resources. Using Polis and HEMOSY older population can create virtual communities where they can connect with other people with shared interest and beliefs. In this way, they will no longer feel lonely and will be able to live their life to the fullest.
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