Elderly and loneliness: How Komp can help.

Loneliness can have a negative impact on our physical and psychological health. It increases the risk of depression, anxiety, and various serious illnesses such as heart failure and stroke. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to loneliness, and over half of the residents in Norwegian nursing homes report feeling lonely.

When we developed Komp, our goal was to make the world a little bigger and a little less lonely for a often forgotten group. We wanted to make it easier for older people and their families to stay connected and participate in each other's daily lives through video calls and photos. Komp was designed with user-friendliness in mind so that all seniors can be part of their family's digital life, regardless of their technical experience or health condition.

Our research estimates that as many as 15.6 million Europeans over the age of 75 are never online, either due to physical barriers like visual impairment and dry fingertips, or because they are not comfortable using technology. Recent studies show that older adults are generally willing to use technology, but they encounter obstacles when dealing with interfaces that make technology difficult to use.

Komp has only one button (on/off and volume) and no touch screen, usernames, passwords, or unfamiliar menus. Everything is controlled through the app that the family has on their mobile phones. Komp also features a large high-resolution screen and good audio quality, making it suitable for older adults with visual or hearing impairments.

Grandma is talking about life before and after Komp.


Most importantly, Komp can help reduce the loneliness and isolation that many older people experience. Komp provides them with the opportunity to participate in their family's daily life and activities, even if they live in different parts of the country. Photos and video calls can help analog seniors feel included and provide a sense of belonging. For those who don't participate in their family's digital life, things that others take for granted can mean a great deal.