The Power of Play to End Social Isolation and Loneliness | Ted Fischer | TEDxProvidence

As we grow older we tend to play less and less, and, society sends messages that play is not necessarily for older adults. Nonsense! Play is a basic human need at every age. Learn from Ted Fischer about how unleashing the power of interactive play can foster meaningful connections, improve emotional health and well-being and bring joy into our lives at a time when social isolation and loneliness among older adults are reaching epidemic proportions. Ted Fischer is Co-Founder and CEO of Ageless Innovation and the Joy for All brand. Inspired by his relationship with his grandmother, Claire, who lived gracefully with progressive dementia, Ageless Innovation is focused on re-imagining how we live and age by unleashing the power of play. Ted has spent his career building, working with and leading collaborative teams that strive to achieve meaningful financial and social impact. After a 25 year career founding or working with early stage companies, in 2015, he joined Hasbro as VP, Business Development and led the launch of the Joy for All brand. Three years later, he and his former Hasbro team founded Ageless Innovation and acquired the Joy for All brand in a friendly management spin-out. Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards and as Board Chair of Year Up RI. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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