We are all living longer, yet many older people suffer from social isolation, loneliness, poor mental and physical health. It is important that increased longevity is coupled with a better quality of life through active ageing and that steps are taken to ensure that older citizens remain independent as long as possible and contribute to society. Remaining active can reduce the likelihood of dementia (which is an increasing concern across Europe) and other health conditions. So the challenge is how to improve the quality of life for older people.
This three-year project, which started in October 2016, brings together seven partners from across Europe with expertise in adult learning. Quality Active Ageing (QAA) aims to enhance the provision and quality of learning opportunities for older people, as a means of allowing people to remain active and healthy. The project is designed to showcase the current provision of partners, provide a forum for new ideas, identify and promote good practice.
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UK : Community Action Dacorum
Latvia : Jaunpils Novada Dome
Bulgaria: Know and Can Association
Italy: Replay Network
Lithuania: Social Innovation Fund
Greece : Active Citizens Partnership
Spain : Fundacion Escuela de Solidariad
Lifelong learning is an important contributor to active ageing and ensures that people stay active, have a sense of purpose and do not become socially isolated. The project will research these links from a community perspective and promote the positive results.
All partners have a commitment to working pro-actively and creatively with older people. The transnational approach provides added value and opportunities for partners to learn from each other, which will be maximised through effective dissemination and sustainability.
Over a 30 month period, the partners each host training events, develop collaborative networks, and contribute to the creation of a Good Practice Guide on How Learning Contributes to Active Ageing.
The training events are designed to increase the skills and knowledge of ways of engaging learners, and to showcase practical examples of improvements.
The Good Practice Guide will include examples from all partners, and this will be made available through partner websites and in paper format etc.
Partners will also work with local stakeholders, enabling experts to meet, to exchange views and contribute to the content of the publication.