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Madawaska’s Elders Initiatives (MEI)

Lead organization: Madawaska Maliseet First Nation

Principle investigator(s): Micheline Plante and France Chassé

About the project:

The issue

Elderly people in Indigenous communities who stay at home face challenges in accessing medical services. Transport, support and the language barrier are the difficulties often identified.

The importance

The IAA / MEI project is designed to reduce difficulties by using a mobile application deposited on an electronic tablet connected to the health center. Improved access to services allows MMFN seniors to stay healthy and live safely at home longer.

What makes this project different

Each participant receives a tablet and training. They uses the latter to request a service. A follow-up is done the same day. The MEI provide adapted transport, an assistant helps the elder to move around, does the translation and helps at home.

Anticipated impacts

The elderly become more autonomous in taking charge of their health needs. Seniors develop self-confidence. They feel safe at home and when traveling. They use this technology for other needs, such as maintaining contact with family and friends, reading the news and playing games. They install other applications to improve their health (memory exercises, healthy recipes, physical exercises, etc.). They feel less alone and isolated because they are connected with the outside world.

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