The current issue that many European Union countries are facing is population aging, including adults and seniors that are far away from active aging. In that connection active roles must be taken in order to provide active aging for adults and older people, so not only self confidence but also the contributions by them to the society can be gained. Via the steps to be taken for the active aging we can remove segregation of them and we can help set up a bridge of solidarity between the young, adult and the older.
For this reason we have formed our partnership in order to fulfil these aims;
Our target group is all EU citizens as the consciousness-raising on active aging should start from the early ages. We particularly focus on adults, seniors, relevant organizations such as governments, civil society and social partners, universities, schools, research centres and care providers.
So as to reach our goals we will share our good practices on happy, healthy, active life. We will mutually develop and implement these practices through the targeted local and transnational activities such as fairs, exhibitions, concerts, games, storytelling and expert lectures for the wide audience. We will raise awareness through a brochure. We will develop an ebooklet consisting of these practices including videos and/or photos taken in the implementations. The booklet will be downloadable in the website.
We target all EU citizens from all walks of life as this consciousness must be gained starting from the young ages. In this partnership we mainly focus on adults and the seniors who are from vulnerable social groups, who are socially isolated from the society, who are not engaged in life and who have not been given chances to contribute to the society. In addition we also target the relevant organizations and their staff, which are local, regional and national governments and stakeholders such as researchers, employers, trade unions, NGOs and policy-making bodies and universities. This equips them to better provide opportunities for adults and seniors for active life and offer a wider implementation by reaching larger communities. We reach and engage the voluntary groups who will take role in carrying out the arranged activities by spreading the knowledge of the value of active aging to the society. Among the problems we intend to address with this project are: inadequate level of cooperation amongst the relevant organizations, the need to increase the amount of learning opportunities for the disadvantaged, lack of pathways for motivating adults and seniors in participating inthe activities for active aging.
Through the transnational meetings we will share good practices on the dimensions of active aging and thereby improve professional competencies of our staff. At certain intervals we will carry out some of newly learned good practices in a local activity involving local learners. We will have a well organized work programme and well monitored efficient distribution of tasks.
Considering that year 2012 has been designated as the European year for Active Ageing and the European Commission has identified active and healthy ageing as a major societal challenge common to all European countries, the biggest benefit can be gained from a project with a transnational dimension. That is because the relevant partners from different countries determine the common target group and common problems they face, unique to their country, and thereafter compare this data with other partner countries. By gathering around the same issue, they will find an opportunity to start a project at the same time at all project participant countries. This way not only can the most fruitful outcomes be gained and contribute to the active aging issue in EU, but also it can be achieved more efficiently, in a shorter period of time, and within wider community as opposed to a project having no transnational dimension. This methodology allows the progress in active aging be faster, more effective and with stronger impact. By increasing the European cooperation amongst the participating organizations we can add yet another important dimension.
The partner organizations can benefit from the opportunity of mutual learning and sharing good practices with the ones from other EU countries. They can get different perspectives in activities and by transferring them in their own countries they can create variety, and new innovative methods, which provides more participation of adults and seniors.
Through the transnational visits more people, i.e. the participating staff and learners will be able to get access to the European Union countries and explore the cultural and linguistic differences which make them more willing to learn, share what they have learned and gain a more active approach in their own lives.