T.A.A.F.E. Towards an alpine Age-Friendly Environment
Dear reader, welcome to the fourth TAAFE project newsletter. In this issue, we talk about the implementation of the activities in each country.
Austria

In Feldbach the local action group was constituted. This is represented mainly by older citizens, who are advised by municipality employees working on topics related to the selected aim of "staying healthy and being active together".  Guided by the TRIO, this group evaluates the age-friendliness of hiking trails in Feldbach. One to two hiking tours take place every month. Hiking Tours are openly announced in the local bulletin and all citizens of Feldbach are invited to participate. As an output of this work a brochure will be produced, which will be distributed in Feldbach (i.e. restaurants and shops, senior clubs). It will include contact numbers of volunteering senior hiking guides, who take part in the local action group and information on the different trails, focusing on aspects that have been identified as important information for seniors, but also children and other citizens, who might not be able to go on an ambitious and exhausting hiking tour, to decide on a trail. 

 

The pilot in this way serves the following ambitions:

  • It provides an opportunity for social participation and exchange;
  • It engages older people in health relevant activities;
  • It raises awareness for the needs of older people in public spaces;
  • Selecting older people as guides gives them the opportunity to report on their personal experiences and actively engage. This might also have a positive effect on the way age and ageing is seen and represented in the municipality.  
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France

Different planned activities have been implemented in the French pilot site.

On Tuesday 7th December 2021 there was Siler Economy online event «Increasing digital autonomy of seniors: results and perspectives» organized by PSP PACA, with the participation of institutional stakeholders, NGOs and researchers.

Various workshops and training are planned for volunteers and professionals of the Family Pension and the day care Center of the NGO Les Petits Frères des Pauvres. The first event took place at Emmaüs Connect on Tuesday 7th December 2021. Others will follow.

 

Furthermore, various workshops and trainings are organized on digital support for seniors, co-animated by volunteers on the two sites of Les Petits Frères des Pauvres offering personalized support.

Moreover, one internship was launched from a Social school on digital support for seniors at the Family Pension for 2 months. In addition, two civil services will volunteer at the family Pension during 8 months and support the professionals and volunteers in digital support for the elderly. 

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Germany

The first priority in Tübingen-Mössingen is communication. Here, a wide variety of ideas and creative solutions were taken up and implemented in co-creative processes. The existing communication channels and structures are being analysed, evaluated and relaunched. As a first step, information, information sources and information channels were collected and classified. Furthermore, we are pursuing other key issues on the topics of mobility and housing.

 

Various actions and events, e.g. a traveling exhibition, a program week with meeting places or classic workshops - unfortunately always restricted by the Covid19 pandemic - contribute positively to further work on these topics. Out of our still very active and dynamic local action group, which has had more than 25 participants since the beginning of our project, working groups have been formed for the current issues.

 

Beyond this thematic engagement and concrete activities on the local level, a very important part of our pilot is the continuous and repeated circular reflexive review and evaluation of internal processes, which are mirroring the implementation processes as well as the participation processes. Through different formats and methods, these aspects are also promoted in relation to a sustainable implementation of participatory processes and the development of sustainable structures. A special merit has here the work of the trio, which is not only network hub and centre of organization, but first of all the heart of the project.

 

Our joint successful efforts, which are also based on the result of excellent cooperation between the highly committed partners, between the engaged administration staff and on strong support from the political levels, also continuously raise a great interest from the public.

 

We are looking forward to consolidating our work in the pilot in the coming months and to implementing further issues. With the help of co-creative processes and participatory approaches, we are designing new structures and potentials that enable citizens to get involved through participation formats and to formulate their concerns in a future-oriented, emancipatory way. Exciting times still are ahead of us.

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Italy

During the spring TRIO and the Local Action Group worked hard to address the need for support in accessing digital services with an eye to enhancing intergenerational exchange, resulting in the idea of creating some guides and video tutorials dealing with properly accessing and using the most required ones. This material was produced by an unprecedented collaboration between students and senior citizens by means of several online workshop sessions. The original idea was to set up consultancy desks, but the Covid-19 related restrictions made this path not practicable at that time.

 

Furthermore, the importance of providing tangible material, mainly a printed guide, to enable older people to be independent in their own homes when accessing services became evident from the very beginning. Both guides and tutorial were then tested and analysed during the summer by some volunteers. Publicly presented to the community in September, the guides and tutorials start circulating on the territory, achieving great results.

 

Moreover, thanks to pandemic containment, it was finally possible to launch the first cycle of intergenerational counselling and support desk: from mid-October onwards, the students met the over-65s in three senior citizens' clubs in Treviso twice a week for a month, obtaining very positive feedback.

 

Work will soon begin again on further developing the guide by adding new services of interest. That’s why, in order to continue to respond to the real demand from the territory, about 30 citizens who attended the desk support were asked to give suggestions on other potential services of interest to them. Questionnaire’s purpose was in reality twofold: on one hand, to assess their satisfaction with the service and the guides; on the other, to identify further needs. Moreover, because of the high request coming from the older, a new cycle of encounters will be initiated in the first months of 2022.

 

The final intention is to progressively move towards an increasingly structured offer of intergenerational consultancy thanks to the support of Treviso municipality, the school and of the seniors’ clubs.

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Slovenia

In the Municipality of Žiri the TAAFE team worked on all three priorities identified in the previous periods, although the implementation has been effected by aggravation of the epidemiological situation:

  • Integration of home for the elderly into the community;

The long-term care coordinator, who will act as a bridge between the home and our community, has been employed and begun her work. The team is committed in introducing her to the process of working with the community.

  • Sustainable age-friendly volunteering;

Due to the epidemiological situation, the group encountered some difficulties continuing our training for volunteers. As meetings couldn’t be held in presence, they organized an online meeting in December, and they’re planning to continue volunteer training when the situation improves and with the volunteering in the home for the elderly as the main topic.

  • Support for family carers;

The team is currently collecting applications for a course for informal caregivers that had to be postponed due to the epidemiological situation.

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