To keep loneliness at Bay, senior citizens now using technology app entitled as “Join Papa” to summon “on-demand grandkids” same like you have order food or a car on Uber, Careem.
“They are all very nice and you know, I’ll converse with them and find out what they are doing and studying and so forth,” Marilyn Sumkin, age 87, told. “It’s for me a very important service.”
Join Papa pays college-age young people $10 per hour to help seniors by shopping, doing housework, or just hanging out, but charges $17 and pockets the difference for the ersatz grandchildren.
One insurer, Humana, has even experimented with a pilot program in Florida that includes ten hours of week on Join Papa near Tampa, according to the paper.
Join Pap is an effort to use to technology to fight the “ever-more lethal crisis of loneliness” among America’s seniors who now include tens of millions of rapidly-aging Baby Boomers.
The Join Papa gig workers were, along with a bi-weekly stretching class, were her only human contact.