VICE news looks into the fascinating new app that works like Uber, but for grandkids. Loneliness among older people is a serious problem all over the world, but now, there’s an app that hopes solve that issue.

 

In this short documentary, Vice speak to the team behind Papa, an app that promises “grandkids on demand”. People can sign up to the app and work as freelance caregivers to older people. The work schedule works in the same way as Uber. You pick when you want to help out and organise your own hours. Users aren’t expected to fill the role of a health-focused carer; They function more like a companion.

This documentary looks at the positives and negatives of the app. It’s supporters say that it’s a 21st century solution to the epidemic of loneliness among older people. Critics say that it could put old people at risk of abuse and questions the ethics around paying people to be friends with older people. It’s an interesting documentary that feels like a mix of Goodnight Mister Tom and Black Mirror

Papa|VICE News|Documentary

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