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Simple and insightful film from the British Red Cross

Posted by Reuben Turner | 21-01-2014 21:18 | Category: Elder Issues, Fundraising, Developing World


I love this short film from the British Red Cross – not for the concept, the music, the voiceover, the direction, the casting, the editing – but for the simple, human insight that links everything they do together.

The British Red Cross
Civil Society

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The best topical ad of the year is made from chocolate. And is about Alzheimer.

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 5-12-2013 17:45 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

The best topical ad of the year is about Alzheimer

It’s the Sinterklaas celebration today in the Netherlands [Wikipedia]. And one of the traditional gifts is his figure made from chocolate.
The Dutch Alzheimer Foundation came with a very special version of this gift.
Unwrapping the gift is the same what alzheimer’s patients experience every day. Unwrapping brings them the easter bunny feeling.

The text on the unwrapped gift: Alzheimer’s patients have to deal with this feeling daily.
Very subtle. And brilliant!

It’s one the best examples of topical advertising. Which can be described as ‘situation relevant’ advertising. React to a major current news event.
It isn’t used very often in social advertising. I’m glad I found this brilliant example. And love to see more from our industry.

The agency or creative behind this idea is unknown. Please contact us if you know more.

Update: see the video here.

BTW: a study says that chocolate may help keep the brain healthy.

Verse Reclame

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Cover For Elderly People

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 14-03-2013 20:13 | Category: Elder Issues, Poverty

This new campaign started in february and made by McCann Digital Israel shows us how great a 0$-facebook campaign can work!
The holidays were coming up, and they wanted to raise awareness for the
shorashim group - an organization that provides food for thousands of only elderly people.


Shorashim Group
McCann Digital Israel

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What will your last 10 years look like?

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 7-02-2013 22:00 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

This is the latest campaign from the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. They ask the public one simple question:
“What will your last 10 years look like?”

Heart and Stroke Foundation: “Although Canadians are living longer, according to Statistics Canada, on average, there’s a 10- year gap between how long we live, and how long we live in health. This gap is mainly due to heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions.”

The foundation tells us with this campaign that a healthy lifestyle can make the last ten years our life a lot more enjoyable. Sounds very legitimate isn’t it?

Heart and Stroke Foundation
Lowe Roche, Toronto
Glossy inc.

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The feeling an Alzheimer’s patient experiences daily

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 20-11-2012 20:00 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

The feeling an Alzheimer's patient face daily

This is the latest campaign video from Alzheimer Nederland, the Dutch Alzheimer Society. You don’t have to understand Dutch to know what it is about.
Just look what is happening with the woman on the left. Her facial expression…

“Help Alzheimer overcome. Then nobody needs to lose himself.”

Alzheimer Nederland

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Red Cross “I am a crisis”

Posted by Reuben Turner | 25-09-2012 15:31 | Category: Elder Issues, Fundraising, Poverty, Developing World, Violence

Weird? Brilliant? This new brand ad from the British Red Cross personifies ‘crisis’. What I love about it is the idea that a crisis isn’t something you read about in the paper, it’s something that happens to you. Big or small, a crisis is a crisis when you’re in it. Makes the case for support brilliantly. Video after the jump.

British Red Cross

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A holiday souvenir that could lead to skin cancer

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 13-08-2012 21:03 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

British Skin Foundation: A holiday souvenir that could lead to skin cancer

The British Skin Foundation has been working with healthcare agency Langland on their new ‘Holiday Souvenir’ campaign, which aims to inform people about the potential threat of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) - the second most common form of skin cancer in the UK.

The campaign is aiming to raise awareness of this potential risk amongst the middle-aged and older, as it tends to affect those in that age group, and occurs more in men than women. Using the idea of the package holiday boom of the 1970s and 1980s as a focal point, the images cleverly depict the lesions on the models’ forehead in the shape of popular holiday destinations like Tenerife, Corfu, and Sardinia.



British Skin Foundation

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Remember the Person Interactively

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 7-05-2012 21:34 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

The tragedy of dementia is about memories. The distorted reality of present and past. That is what this impressive interactive audio-visual installation is about. The project, called Remember the Person, is from the British interaction designer David Ingledow.
The idea is to make an environment to raise awareness for, and stop the social stigma that comes from being diagnosed with Dementia. It makes the user think that they should not back away and fear Dementia.

It is based on David’s personal experience. His grandma suffers from Dementia and has been in care for many years now.

Using an Arduino, when the user moves closer to the projection, the photographs from his grandma’s photo albums will be shown. These photos are memories from her point of view and represent her life.

David: “When the user moves quickly, the music becomes a distraction and the pictures change erratically. This is to represent people’s fears and unwillingness to listen to and understand Dementia sufferers. It therefore represents people’s negative stereotypes of Dementia sufferers. When the user moves slowly, they can focus on the timeline of pictures and what is being said in the monologues.”

What this project really makes so interesting is the interactive part.
David: “The user can then use the imagery of the nostalgic photos of my Grandma and the stories in the monologues to create their own unique emotional experience by using their past life experiences to make connections between the sound and visuals.
This focusses the user on remembering the person, where the person could be someone that they construct mentally, making the experience unique and emotionally engaging.”

The video above is the personal experience of David. It is still a prototype. I’m very curious how this technique can be used on a wider scale.

David Clegg from the Trebus Project supplied the audio of the monologues. Their aim is to capture the memories and insights of people with dementia before their words are lost to history.
The Trebus project is something we definitely going to write about in the future.

Related post with work from David Ingledow:
- Amnesty International Troy Davis Campaign Animation

David Ingledow - Remember the Person

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Can we make jokes about Alzheimer’s?

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 15-04-2012 12:09 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

I’m an lover of Flemish humor in advertising, I’ve said that many times before. And Belgium agency Mortierbrigade used this style again in their latest spot for the Vlaamse Alzheimer Liga (Flemish Alzheimer Liga).
A grandmother’s grandson visits her again and again, with the predictable response. It’s the obvious trick to surprise people with Alzheimer I know from personal experience.
What do you think, is this humor allowed? Or is the disease too intense to make jokes about it?

Hat tip to Dennis Hoogervorst.

Can we make jokes about Alzheimer's?

Vlaamse Alzheimer Liga

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Promoting safe sex for seniors with “Grandma Sutra”

Posted by Tom Megginson | 13-04-2012 04:17 | Category: Elder Issues, Health

Promoting safe sex for seniors with Kama Sutra poses

As the people who brought us the Sexual Revolution age, STD rates among senior citizens are rising. This video, by the venerable DDB New York, reminds older people in a sex-positive way that they, too, need to play safe.

Grossed out? Not me. I only hope that I’ll be getting as busy in my autumn years.

DDB New York

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