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Introducing Stitch

excited-polaroid-textDo you remember when you were a kid and had a secret that you really wanted to tell the world but weren’t allowed to?

Do you remember how it felt you were going to burst with excitement?

Well that’s how we’ve been feeling at Tapestry Central over the last few weeks. We’ve been working on something really big, and we just haven’t been ready to announce it until now.

Are you ready?

Well hang in there for a minute because you first need a little bit of background.

Anyone familiar with Tapestry knows that our mission has always been helping address social isolation for seniors and older adults. We’d like to feel we’ve gone a long way towards that with Tapestry, and many of our users have shared wonderful stories with us about how Tapestry has impacted their lives for the good.

The more stories we heard, however, the more we came to realize that Tapestry only addressed part of the problem.

Many of our users told us that they were missing something much more important than connecting to their families. That no matter much they felt loved by their families, it was possible to still feel lonely.

We discovered that many older adults yearn for real, flesh-and-blood companionship. For someone with whom they can share their interests and activities. Because many of them find themselves on their own, either through the loss of a husband or wife they loved for decades, or divorce, or simply because their closest friends moved away when they retired.

For some, companionship was something they were hoping might one day lead to romance.

For others, it only ever meant a friend and nothing more.

But no matter what companionship meant to them, everyone we spoke to made one thing very clear: no product exists today which helps older adults find the companionship they need.

Which is why we’re so excited to be announcing the arrival of our new offering, Stitch.

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Stitch helps older adults find the companions they need.

Stitch is open for registrations right now. We’ve opened invitation-only trials in selected locations today, and will be opening up the service to users on a location-by-location basis as our user registrations grow.

Based on the response we’ve received so far, we think Stitch is going to change the lives of many people around the world.

We’d like to ask your help. Please check out Stitch at www.stitch.net, and help us spread the word. Like us and share us on Facebook, tweet about us on Twitter, and tell all your friends.

And of course, if you’re interested in Stitch for yourself, please sign up!

 

 

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Nine things you didn’t know about dating over 55

UPDATE:  We are thrilled to announce we have now opened up our private trials to the public! You can sign up by going to www.stitch.net and clicking “Register”

With the obsession that today’s media has with youth and appearance, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s only the young who are looking for companionship, that dating is a young person’s game.

Go on, be honest. Which of the following images do you think the media is more likely to use to accompany an article on online dating?

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Exactly.

Well, it’s time things changed. We are all living decades longer than we once did, and are staying fitter, healthier (and in some cases, friskier) further into our wisdom years than ever before. At the same time, more older adults over 55 find themselves single and looking, either through divorce or the tragic loss of a husband or wife they loved for many years.

This means that there are more seniors and baby boomers than ever before looking for some companionship to fill the void of their prior partner.

Because no matter how old you get, one thing about human nature never changes: nobody likes feeling lonely.

Older adults, however, look for companionship in a way that’s very different from their younger counterparts. Once you’re into your wisdom years your needs, desires and expectations are very different from what you’re looking for when you’re in your 20s.

Let’s take a look at nine things you (probably) didn’t know about dating for older adults:

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“We’re Collecting Friends Like Stamps”

Loneliness It’s no secret that loneliness is an epidemic. What we haven’t all realized, however, is that social networks (yes, the name is ironic!) have fueled a lot of the spreading of this sometimes deadly disease.

A video posted on UpWorthy has gone viral, illustrating how social networks create a false sense of connection and therefore sacrifice real conversation. We are “collecting friends like stamps,” says the author, Shimi Cohen.

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Advertising’s New Frontier

Today’s adults over 65 are not like past generations: with an increasing trend of living longer, the second half of life can prove to be just as exciting as the first. Large retailers are showing their understanding of this by creating advertisements targeted at these generations that are more more edgy, flirty, and even controversial.

Our favorite example of this type of non-traditional advertising is a Centrum Silver Commercial (vitamins for people over 50) that includes some steamy scenes in a place you normally wouldn’t expect it. We hope it puts a smile on your face the way it did ours.

Make sure you watch to the end — let us know what you think!

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No more doorknobs

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Runder

The city of Vancouver is banning round doorknobs.

Old-style bathroom taps are also in their firing line. Why?

These devices are being upgraded to “handle-style” designs to be easier for people with weakened or arthritic hands.

It’s part of a larger age-in-place trend in called universal design.

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Best tablets for seniors

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What tablet do you recommend I buy for my mother?”

That question, or a variation of it, is probably the one we get asked here at Tapestry more than any other. And while tastes and needs vary widely from person to person, we feel we’re probably as well placed as anyone on the planet to be able to provide an informed answer.

That’s simply because we’ve been fortunate enough to work with hundreds of older users on a massive variety of tablets in dozens of real world situations … which gives us a great perspective on what these tablets are actually like to use. This means we’re very different from technology reviewers writing about products based on tech specs alone. As with any other technology device, there is often a huge difference between how a tablet gets rated in a review versus what it’s like to use long-term in the real world.

The fact that Tapestry now runs on any platform also means we’re able to provide a totally impartial perspective on which tablets are best, and why.

So after many requests, here it is: our guide to helping you choose a tablet for an older adult (or anyone else, for that matter)…

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Tapestry in the News!

Over the last week Tapestry has received a lot of positive attention from the Australian and US press, due in part to a successful iOS launch and other stories from our users. It’s been very exciting for us to see our vision resonating with so many people around the world. Here are a few of the articles that have come out this past week…

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A great article about one of our favorite groups of users, the Dominican Sisters in Eastern Australia. To read more about their experiences with Tapestry and the benefits of Tapestry for those who are socially isolated, click here.

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Loneliness is as deadly as smoking

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Want to live a long life?

We all know that clean living and a healthy level of activity can help you live longer, but it turns out staying connected socially has a much larger impact than we previously thought.

A recent study shows that the influence of social relationships on the risk of death are comparable with well-established risk factors such as smoking or alcohol consumption and were actually worse than physical inactivity and obesity.

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The Holiday Season Kicks off Early With Hanukkah!

The holidays are starting extra early this year with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Normally, Hanukkah falls Turkey Menorahin December, but because of the 2013 lunar calendar, the 8 nights begin at sun down on Thursday, November 28th.

In the United States, many are celebrating “Thanksgivingukkah” because both major holidays, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, fall on the same day. This only happens about every 70 years so there is a lot to celebrate!

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Tapestry joins Aging2.0 GENerator program

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We’re happy to announce that Tapestry has been selected to join the Aging2.0 GENerator founders program.

The project is the first of its kind and aims to help technology founders focussed on the 50+ demographic to accelerate innovation in aging.

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