Poland

Archipielago Generations
Action

Classes and creative activities to citizens over 50 years old

Overview

Archipelago Generations is a programme running from September to December 2012 in Warsaw offering innovative classes and creative activities to citizens over 50 years old. Students participate in a variety of educational activities (lectures, workshops, walks and debates) which encourage seniors to engage in social activity and build up an effective intergenerational dialogue.

The programme includes:

  • 5 walks, which show participants some interesting and inspiring social and cultural initiatives in Warsaw.
  • A cycle of 9 of lectures and 4 workshops to familiarize people 50+ with the changes that are taking place today in social life.
  • 3 intergenerational open debates on issues that relate to changes in the modern world. In the debates participants will exchange experiences and thoughts with students of the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw University.
  • A final project independently organised and carried out by the course participants.
Impact

The project aims to make seniors more socialy active and to initiate a dialogue between generations.

City Open for All - Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives
Action

Create the right conditions for active and independent ageing in Poznan, meaning full participation in city life, as well as the shaping of this.

Overview

The Poznan City Council established an organizational unit, the Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives with the mission of raising the quality of life of mature persons and seniors. The Centre strives for creating the right conditions for active and independent ageing in Poznan, meaning full participation in city life, as well as the shaping of this.

The Centre leads several initiatives, such as educational activities, advocacy, facilitating access to information, promoting the ideas of active ageing and solidarity between generations.

The 'Poznan 50+ Volunteering' and the '50+ Information Point' have been established within the Centre. The former seeks to encourage older people to help one other, whilst the later manages a website, publishes newsletter and a column in the local press. The Centre also coordinates the yearly organized '50+ and Active Fair' which reflects the concept of silver economy. It presents on the one hand companies for which adult client is important, and which want to recognize the expectations of experienced and wise elderly consumers. On the other hand, it hosts local and regional non-governmental organisations and public units which carry out projects for seniors and people over 50 in the different areas such as home care, adult education, physical activity, culture and art and volunteering.

In order to achieve its goals, the Centre actively cooperates with NGOs and other public institutions as well as participates in international projects.

Impact

The Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives is one of the first units of this type in Poland and its success is recognised by the several requests that it receives to share its experience within the scope of national conferences and international meetings. The Centre for Senior Citizens initiatives in Poznan is becoming an example for other cities in Poland.

The project was amongst the finalists of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations Awards, in the category of 'Towards Age-Friendly Environments'.

HARC - Healthy Ageing Research Centre
Action

Support and advance healthy ageing in Łódź region through biomedical research, education and collaborative partnership at European, national and local levels.

Overview

Healthy Ageing Research Centre (HARC), founded in 2011, aims to further develop investigations in major areas relevant to active and healthy ageing. The Centre's research areas include topics such as:

  • novel approaches to improve well being in the elderly
  • neurodegenerative disorders in the elderly
  • pathogenesis and prevention of respiratory, kidney and cardiovascular diseases of the old age
  • molecular basis of ageing

THE HARC intends furthermore to develop international collaboration in research and training of young scientists, implement disease prevention and health promotion programmes as well as to strengthen community education and community service activities in order to enhance the quality of life, physical, emotional and social well-being of older people in the region.

 

Impact