Peer-2-Peer: Support Fostering Active Ageing

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ISSUE 2/2014

Remaining active. Nothing less.

Population ageing is one of Europe’s greatest triumphs and at the same time one of the greatest challenges faced in the 21st century.

Did you know that ... ?

When asking older adults above 55 years what they associate with active ageing that they answer: continue working, moving by car or foot, being healthy, having free time, and contributing to society?

How do older adults stay active ...?

They stay mentally, physically, and socially active. “I go for a walk. No problem if I have to go alone. I also go to the gym”, says a woman, 64 years, from Slovenia who is still physically active. “I attended an online bookkeeping course last year”, says a woman, 59 years, from Austria who wants to stay mentally fit.

E-learning and digital natives ...?

When we asked older adults about their opinions of e-learning and their experiences with it, they expressed scepticism. Most respondents in our research expressed that they had access to the internet and were active on the internet, but only few respondents had specific experience with online education. The respondents think e-learning can bring benefits, but only to those who are computer-literate. However, a high percentage of older people do not have mastery in ICT-tools and therefore understand themselves as “digital illiterates” instead of “digital natives”. Solutions could be to perform e-learning two-by-two in front of just one computer or to have an expert in the room who can help.

A shared vision for active ageing education ...?

We met with local stakeholders who work in active ageing education and discussed how a shared policy vision for the future could look. Two visions were identified:

  • A free one-week-educational offer available to all older citizens in the first year after leaving the labour market – focusing on the challenges and the opportunities of being an active senior.
  • Designing an active ageing training course on European level which actually empowers older participants and makes them more active than before (empowerment and participation).

Contact us

The PPS-project (2014-2016) will develop a face-to-face training programme (30 hours) on active ageing and an e-learning training (in five modules), which will be tested in 2015.

For more information visit our website: http://www.activeageingproject.eu/