Using Food as a relevant topic project aims:
- To improve the quality of the elderly by giving them competencies needed for maintaining health and regaining their status in society
- To improve poor health, reduce loneliness, reduce poverty, give opportunities for self expression, learning and teaching new skills and change negative stereotype attitude of the elderly as a burden in society
- To promote diversity and collaborative work for informal learning and practical cultural activities
- To promote volunteering into work
- To promote European values of Active Aging and solidarity between generations
In rapidly ageing European society many elderly face challenges that are hard to tackle. Among those challenges is low income, deteriorating health, social problems. Due to all these reasons many elderly feel socially isolated, lonely, lack communication, opportunities for self-expression, feel unappreciated or even unnecessary for the communities where they live. All these factors add up to affecting not only their physical, but also mental and emotional health.
Using relevant food and nutrition topic as a possibility to contribute to solving issues significant to the elderly, this two year (August, 2012/July, 2014) project aimed to improve the quality of life for the elderly by providing them with the opportunities to gain new competencies and skills necessary to keep good health, provide support to their status in society and give the voiceless a voice. The food topic has been chosen as the axis for this project, because it is relevant to all, it opens opportunities to a variety of activities, and can gather people to common action despite their age, nationality or status. The objectives of the project: to promote healthy and active ageing, provide the elderly with more training opportunities, motivate them for self-expression, strengthen intergenerational values in Europe, and demonstrate the importance of such values in the life of communities.
Utena A and M. Miskiniai Public Library, Utena, Lithuania Amasya Aile ve Sosyal
Politikalar Il Mudurlugu, Turkey
Paróquia São João de Deus, Lisbon, Portugal
Academy for Management, Kassel, Germany
Associazione Trasformazioni, San Leonardo Udine, Italy
Women’s Association for African Networking and Development WAND UK, London.
• Mobility of learners raised the awareness of importance to become acquainted with other cultures; motivated people to learn from each other at European level. That ensured a better spread of European experience as the participants acted as multipliers of gained knowledge to their colleagues and fellow citizens.
• The produced materials and tools are available online as well as for downloading/printing in English and six other languages: German, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, and Italian. They demonstrate how diversity generates new skills, competencies, and knowledge, encourage tolerance trough cultural knowledge of other countries, and increase linguistic competencies.
La Polonia è rappresentata dall’organizzazione “Miedzynarodowe Towarzystwo Swiadomosci Kryszny” di Piaseczno