The project developed and implemented educational tools for lifelong learning for senior citizens using the methods of social participation, volunteering and inter-generational dialogue. Different modules were developed and delivered to senior citizens through an innovative methodology encouraging co-operation and dialogue between senior citizens and members of younger generations. Modules concerned love and partnership, music, photography, living history, volunteering, technology and media, literature and cultural heritage.
PROLEPSIS developed and piloted two modules on 'safety at home' and 'safe use of medication'. The project activities that took place in Greece are described below:
Module 1: Safety at Home
Background: Between 25% and 75% of falls among senior citizens involve an environmental component, most of which are within in their own home environment.
Aim: Through this module senior citizens are provided with information about home hazards that could lead to accidents, and guided them on how to intervene in their home environment so as to make them less prone to falls. Objectives: (1) To show what the risks of having an accident at home are; (2) To identify the most frequent accidents at home; (3) To demonstrate the most effective and practical means of protecting against accidents.
Resources: (1) Questionnaire on falling risk; (2) Information pamphlet; (3) Home safety checklist; (4) Poster; (5) Pen and pencil.
Module 2: Safe Use of Medication by Senior Citizens
Background: As more frequent users of medication senior citizens, especially those with low levels of literacy are more prone to inappropriate prescription, adverse drug reactions, and non-compliance with prescribed medication. Aim: Through this module senior citizens learn about the correct use of medication emphasising adherence, the dangers of overdose and the practicalities of correct use.
Objectives: (1) Raising awareness about the most common problems related to the use of medication; (2) Teach how to recognise symptoms related to incorrect use of medication; (3) Provide practical advice on how to avoid medication related problems.
Resources: (1) Questions and answers; (2) Information pamphlet; (3) Medication chart; (4) Pen/pencil.