Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryAgeWell is a peer support programme launched in 2013 in Cape Town modeled after mothers-to-mothers. The programme trains elderly companions known as "AgeWells" to offer support, companionship and health monitoring to their peers.
Agewell's main goal is to promote well-being among the elderly through three main goals.
1. Provide support companionship and support through trained peers
2. Use mobile technology to monitor health outcomes: The "Agewells" are trained to use smartphone technology to monitor peers and the information is used to make referrals.
3. Keep clients living well and living in their homes.
Key program components
AgeWell trains and employs older persons to be AgeWell companions or “AgeWells” who visit other older persons in their homes, reducing isolation and promoting a sense of well-being and community. The Agewells go through a three week training program that prepares them for the visits and also using mobile technology to record health status of their peers upon their visits.
AgeWells provide companionship, monitor wellbeing, and make referrals to medical and social service providers. AgeWell’s mobile health system allows AgeWells to collect wellness information and to make informed recommendations on medical and social service needs.
Their efforts contribute to identifying potential health issues early, allowing for out-patient assessment and management, keeping people out of hospitals and institutions and in their homes. AgeWell’s model complements the efforts of other social and medical providers and can generate significant cost savings to the medical system. AgeWell’s model has global application.
- AgeWell- New YorkFor-profit