European society is aging. As the ranks of senior citizens grow, so does the incidence of social isolation and loneliness. Studies show that social isolation among senior citizens can be as harmful to their health as smoking or a sedentary lifestyle.

Just as the demographic makeup of society is changing, the manner in which citizens interact with each other has also changed dramatically in recent years. The Internet, Email and Web 2.0 social media have led to a migration of social interaction from physical to virtual communities. Yet, a mere 7 percent of seniors participate in social networks.

This project aims to use social networking applications to help reduce social isolation and loneliness among seniors and promote participation in today’s increasingly virtual society.


This project is supported through a grant from the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA).  SSP was submitted within the framework of the Netidee 2009 inclusion call and aims to:
  • Develop a stand-alone senior friendly interface (prototype) for social networks based on OpenSocial API.
  • Increase participation of seniors in social networks.
  • Reduce social isolation among seniors.
  • Provide cognitive stimulation.
  • Offer tools to help senio rs with everyday tasks.
  • Act as a bridge between s eniors, their loved one s and caretakers.


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Conduct literature review CEIT 1.) Active January 11, 2010 100% 
Develop user requirements CEIT, Senior Center 3.) Closed February 19, 2010 100% 
Develop system requirements CEIT 3.) Closed March 15, 2010 100% 
Consultations with seniors and partner organizations CEIT, Senior Center 3.) Closed February 5, 2010 100% 
Implementation of prototype CEIT 3.) Closed June 28, 2010 100% 
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