NEWSLETTER ISSUE 4/2015
Peer-2-Peer: Support Fostering Active Ageing
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The survey PPS, which the partners carried out with older adults in six partner countries, was asking about the content of an educational program to promote active ageing that would be of interest for older adults. The general answers were quite unanimous.
Most often mentioned basic topics of active ageing were:
- Healthy aging, both mentally and physically, occupies the majority of respondents. Active lifestyle, proper and healthy diet, mental fitness, social activities and socializing with peers are areas that have been mentioned most often.
- Mobility of all types is one of the following activities, which employs older adults. They want to travel; they are interested in history, art, literature, theater.
- Older adults recognize the values of lifelong learning. Respondents explained that they participate in various educational activities that keep them active, allowing them to be included in the different social environments and educational groups. The most important is still socializing through a wide variety of types of activities.
Of course, between the involved countries (Slovenia, Poland, France, Spain, Austria and Denmark) certain disparities in educational terms appear. The needs of older adults are based on the individual's living habits, place of residence, social and political conditions in individual countries. Notwithstanding this, however, listed above are the main themes that are largely common to all participating countries.
Training of peer facilitators PPS
The project partners PPS committed ourselves that in the framework of a pilot we will train 6 x 6 peer facilitators PPS, a total of 36, which will be implementing educational programs to promote active ageing in individual countries.
For this purpose, a training program in duration of 30 hours was prepared by project partners. We combined the knowledge and skills and prepared the content, suitable for older adults who already have experience of mentoring or wish to acquire it and use this skill for integration of participants from the local environment.
The number of participants in peer training in individual countries varied, but nowhere less than the required 6 prospective mentors was included.
In Spain, for example, due to the extraordinary interest, partner University of Alicante included 15 older adults into peer facilitators training. In Slovenia 8 were included, in Denmark 7, and elsewhere an average of 6 peer facilitators. Courses for trainers took place from April 2015 onwards, and to this date we have already done most of prescribed lessons and trained over 30 mentors. The final part of the training is designed to work with the participants in the pilot group that will freshly trained mentors will be leading in individual countries.
Details of the individual peer training sessions can be viewed on our FB page.
Pilot of educational program for support fostering active ageing for participants 55+
Face to Face Training Programme on Active Ageing was developed to address the needs of older adults 55+. All the available research and evidence has been used by the authors so that the Programme might reflect good practices. The Programme perfectly fits into the government projects on activation of older adults that is it meets the key criteria concerning the possibilities, needs, and resources of this population.
Its supreme goal is to support active participation of the seniors in the community and encourage them to lead a healthy and independent life. The Programme offers state-of-the art actions in education and developing communication skills, as well as support for the older adults. These novel solutions will bring economic benefits to the society as a whole, as well as provide a psychological, mental, and social support for the well-being of the society’s elderly members.
Fostering Active Ageing project is addressed to people at the age of 55+. The training is conducted in modules and comprises 30 hours of classes. The aim of the classes is to consolidate the participants’ skills - their knowledge, abilities, and good practices. In the training, it is also essential to discuss and analyze one's concerns, problems, prospects related to ageing. The training is devised in such a way as to give each participant something for themselves, by participation in open discussions and sharing their thoughts on the discussed subjects.
Authors of the educational program PPS proposed a concept of a house made of many subjects, such as: the attic – Introduction to active ageing, a two-subject first floor – Healthy Ageing and Using Technology, and a two-subject ground floor – with subjects specific for every Member State.
The Programme’s innovativeness consists in taking into account the internal diversity of the older adults’ population and in promoting actions aimed at keeping the seniors active and ensures their participation in social life. Therefore, its goal is also to improve the quality and level of life of the older adults by social activity so that they can age decently. The Programme is to facilitate fuller use of the social and professional potential of the older adults so they can have various social roles in the public life.
How can you join?
Peer to Peer Support Fostering Active Ageing - PPS (2014-2016) project partners have developed a modular training program to promote active aging in two forms: the first is devoted to classical teaching ("face to face") and lasts for 30 hours the other will be prepared in the form of e- classroom and distance learning (in the form of 5 training modules).
Both programs will be available to participants and to the interested public free of charge.
If you are interested in participation in active ageing education, we kindly invite you to join us! Welcome!
If you are interested and want more information, you are welcome to contact us by e-mail NewsletterPeer2Peer15@gmail.com or contact the Project Partner PPS from your country.
For more information visit our website: http://www.activeageingproject.eu/