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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using ‘Reminiscence Therapy’ to Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Plus: Turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless, and new ways to make solar panels accessible for all

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using ‘Reminiscence Therapy’ to Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Plus: Turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless, and new ways to make solar panels accessible for all

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

‘Bag Ladies’ turn plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless

In Tennessee, a group of women calling themselves ‘bag ladies’ are using their crocheting skills to transform old plastic bags into sleeping mats. At weekly meetings at their local church, these women have converted over 52,000 bags into mats. Not only are their efforts helping the those in need—including victims of the ongoing floods in Louisiana—but they are also helping to save the environment. (via WGN TV Chicago)

New Jersey Set To Give Solar Panels To Middle-Class Families At No Cost

Photo: Flickr

For many, ‘going solar’ simply isn’t economically viable due to the high up-front costs of installing solar panels at home. A new initiative in New Jersey—the Alternative Energy Solar Project—is seeking to change that by making solar panels accessible to all. Through its Middle Class Affordable Solar Homes (M-CASH) project, the initiative utilizes rebates and government incentives in order to provide middle-class families with solar panel installations free of charge. Private investors are now coming on board to further the initiative’s progress. (via Green Energy Chronicles)

How Throwback Model Towns Could Help Alzheimer's Patients

Photo: CityLab

In the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, a new town square is being designed with a unique twist. Inside the Glenner Town Square, one will find scaled-down replicas of movie theaters, diners, hospitals, and San Diego’s former city hall. The town square caters specifically to Alzheimer’s patients by providing them opportunities to relive past memories in what is known as ‘reminiscence therapy.’ (via CityLab)

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