Operators on the move for the elderly's wellbeing
The purpose of the project is the exchange of positive experiences and implementation of best practices in the elderly assistance field. It will lead to concrete results/outputs in the form of documents to be disseminated (methods, tools, materials, courses), and recommendations to be presented to EU institutions.
A “training itinerary” across Europe will be implemented: each country is a “stop-over” where operators, will discuss on a particular issue in depth, and sharing practices, methodologies and innovative solutions for the elderly assistance.
The project especially focuses on sports/physical activity as an innovative practice improving the elderly’s active aging process and social inclusion.
Strategies and practices will be developed and exchanged to improve:
- the quality of life of adult and elderly in their social/environmental context;
- home/residential care for the elderly;
- welfare policies&strategies to pursue social&economic equity and sustainability at local&European level;
- organisation&management strategies for health and social services addressed to older citizens at local level.
To achieve this, the project aims at:
- Improving competences&skills of professionals&institutions operating in the elderly assistance field at different levels;
- Creating a practices&competences framework to profile professionals working in the elderly assistance services sector;
- Identify strategies,methodologies,instruments&practices favouring an improvement in older peoplepeople’s lifestyles & assistance services.
The partnership will allow participants to:
- Identify pedagogical, educational and psychological practices in sports (aerobic and anaerobic activities) for the improvement of active ageing processes and the development of non-formal competences in older life.
- Develop, through peer-to-peer training, the effectiveness, demonstrated also in the scientific field, of training activities carried out by seniors to other seniors about healthy lifestyles associated with physical activity - to the benefit of falls prevention and of motor force in general, too;
- Increase operators’ competences on motivational techniques about habits change (habits often turn out to be an obstacle to behavioural change, especially in the old age) through local training sessions.
- Define profiles of skills and competences of professionals and collect practices in the elderly care & assistance sector.
The impact of demographic aging within the EU will be of major significance in the coming decades. Consistently low birth rates and higher life expectancy will transform the shape of the EU-27’s age pyramid; the marked transition towards a much older population structure is already becoming apparent in several EU Member States. The share of older people in the total population will increase significantly in the coming decades, as a greater proportion of the post-war baby-boom generation reaches retirement. In turn, so, increased social expenditure related to population aging, in the form of pensions, healthcare and institutional or private (health)care, is likely to result in a higher burden for working age populations – which is shrinking.
For this reason, active ageing is pivotal: it means growing old in good health & as a full member of society, feeling more independent in daily lives & more involved as citizen, enjoying a better quality of life.
People’s health declines as they grow old, but a lot can be done to cope with this decline. And quite small changes in senior citizens’ environment can make a big difference to people suffering from various health impairments and disabilities. “In motion” will start from this consideration to analyse and share innovative methodologies, esp. focusing on physical exercise and sport in older age. Through sports, we can:
- Avoid isolation and prevent social inclusion;
- Acquire and maintain good practices for the fulfilment and promotion of the quality of life, including the physical form;
- Slow down the usual aging processes and physical immobilization syndromes, and reactivate the cognitive processes;
- Reduce the social costs arising from incorrect lifestyles, through processes of social prevention;
- Foster inter-generational solidarity.
Sport offers the possibility to intervene in an innovative way on developing non-formal competences useful for active ageing. Actually, the sport affects not only physical or physiological processes, but also purely psychological aspects related to lifestyles, motivation, and personal commitment to building a successful aging.
Thanks to this, partners will have the chance to collaborate and create a network pursuing a continuous update of their competences and intervention methods – So, elderly’ assistance services can be improved through a mutual exchange of solutions and practices.Furthermore, the project addresses the EU objectives (the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, and its successor the Europe 2020 Strategy), to ensure that the labour market is ready to meet future economic challenges, such as those faced by the health and services sector. New technologies and treatments, along with rising patient expectations of quality and a focus on prevention, will make health and social care more complex and more expensive. This is a highly labour intensive area of economy, which means the workforce plays an essential role in the delivery of high-quality and efficient services.The partnership will, directly and indirectly, involve stakeholders such as companies, training organizations and public authorities in order to strengthen collaboration and minimize deficits on current and emerging skills requirements.
Multi-skilling – where employees gain knowledge from different disciplines – will improve approaches to integrated elderly care.