“Preparing for healthy & independent ageing at home”
All over the world people are living longer and as far as possible they prefer to grow old in their own homes. However, this is not always easy. Homes suitable for an active 60 year old are often not adapted for an elderly person in their mid-70s due to for example, stairs or a bath rather than a shower, which increase the risk of falls. As we get older we are also more prone to illnesses which if they are not cared for correctly can result in physical decline and vulnerability.
Without careful planning and support, for the elderly person, whose children may well have moved away, the possibility to stay at home becomes more limited. Many good support services for senior citizens run by associations and social services exist, but there is limited coordination between them and local health services. In addition certain geographical areas suffer from poor access to public health and social services. The Alpine area characterises this particularly well with rural Alpine valleys that are often isolated and difficult to reach.
“CoNSENSo: Innovating to provide better health & social care for senior citizens in the Alpine Space”
The aim of the CoNSENSo project is to develop a care model that puts the elderly at the centre of health and social care, building on the crucial role of the Family and Community Nurse: a key person to help and support the daily activities of the elderly and their families. The Family Community Nurse would form the link between the different health and social worlds, facilitating a 3-way dialogue (Elderly person – Health services – Social services), organising appropriate social services, like a home help or ready prepared meals, contacting doctors if a health problem is suspected and providing advice on how to adapt the home environment.
This new model of health & social care will be tested during the project in 5 pilot regions through
- providing dedicated training for nurses
- evaluating the benefits of the model in zones with diverse territorial challenges, compared to areas not using the model
- working on how to make the care model sustainable in the different countries
Led by the Piemonte Region, CoNSENSo brings together 10 partners from Austria, France, Italy and Slovenia and 7 observers representing governmental ministries, health authorities and professional associations from the Alpine Space area. The project runs for 36 months starting in December 2015.
The project expects to create the right conditions to improve health and life quality of senior citizens in the Alpine Space enabling them to stay at home as long as possible.
This will be achieved through
- the design and implementation of new public policies based on this social innovation model for elderly care
- building training modules for nurses that can be adapted and transferred to training institutions in the Alpine Space and beyond
- stimulating social enterprise development and entrepreneurship among nurses.
Funding: Total eligible costs: 2.052.400 EUR / ERDF grant: 1.744.540 EUR.
Innovative training tools for prevention and management of cognitive decline
The ageing of the European population is it serious social and economic challenge that calls for action and innovative solutions at all levels. In connection with ageing, cognitive decline is a phenomenon of growing numeric dimensions, which represent this severe burden for the European families and the healthcare systems.
There is therefore a need to tackle this issue with a strategic perspective, oriented towards prevention and education: health literacy of EU citizens has to improve since it is the basis for allowing people to increase their knowledge, share it within the community, make informed decisions and take action concerning their health
There is a huge amount of health information available both on paper and online across Europe, but if the level of literacy of the population is not adequate, their accessibility becomes almost null, both in terms of capacity to understand them and in terms to find them. Spreading scientifically validated knowledge throughout our communities means huge perspective in the savings in health and social care system, i.e. working towards a more sustainable European society in the long term.
The general purpose of ACDC is to develop a set of innovative training tools addressing the health and digital health literacy issue for the prevention and management of cognitive decline in the elderly population and make them available to the widest possible audience.
- to validate an innovative form of strategic partnership designed to conceive and deliver the most proper health literacy training tools for better ageing and cognitive decline prevention;
- to set up and test an e-learning based edutainment tool for health literacy through a gaming approach and structure;
- to test a viable approach for making the training and educational content available to the widest possible audience of European citizens;
- to deliver the training contents to adults and -through them – to families.
ACDC target groups are adults in the age of 40-60 as main target for prevention and the same young adults together with their family members as target/beneficiaries for increased health literacy for the effective management of elderly family members with cognitive decline.
Coordinated by IAL Nazionale, ACDC partnership is composed by six more partners from Austria, Belgium, Greece and Italy.
ACDC project aims to empower the European adults by making them more informed about their health, to have a change of attitudes of adult people towards healthy behaviours and self-care in order to create a health literacy mentality, to give community and stakeholders a tool to improve the health literacy in our society.
Funding: Total EU contribution: 448.395,00 EUR
Erasmus+ Programme KA2 strategic partnership project n° [2019-1-LT01-KA204-060482]
It is difficult for young adults to find jobs, because they often lack of experience, it is difficult to integrate into continuously changing life and work environment. Project “Integration of Young Adults into the Labor Market Through Cultural Heritage” will help in getting to know the most important places or traditions of other countries, provide young adults with the necessary information for integration, self-confidence, inspire and motivate them and strengthen the competences for collaboration. For example, while knowing the cultural history and traditions of other country, the project participant would easier integrate into the cultural and social context of other country, will get a job or will create a job place by himself. The main objectives of the project is to empower entrepreneurship and social dialogue through cultural knowledge and to help forming a strategy of creative thinking, while creating new work places.
For this project three objects of cultural heritage are chosen: old-towns, traditional songs and dances, traditional food. The project team is going to promote the cultural values of each country, demonstrate what kind of jobs can be found or created in every area and field of the project. All the project activities will be included into a cognitive, entertaining, educational video about historical places and history of the towns with interactive exercises to develop cultural competencies and social dialogue with questions and possible answers, as well as a collection of traditional music examples (songs and dances) – an interactive video tool for learning with questions and answers, a video about traditional meal with tasks for learners, and a competition “I virtually create an attractive work place” will be organized.
The project participants will widen up the knowledge of English language, necessary for a communication and development of social dialogue, as well as they will know more about various traditions of EU countries (songs, dances, culinary heritage), necessary for an original creation of new work places. They will also learn to develop thinking design, for a creation of a work place and interior, will develop possibilities to evaluate own competences.
During this project four international mobilities are going to take place:
- a kick-off meeting in Lithuania, which is meant for refining project‘s activities, deciding on what results are wanted, excluding the strongest sides of our partners, foreseeing the good experience and ways to share it;
- an international meeting in Sweden „Intercultural competence acceptance and evaluation“, which is needed for a team to create and work out instruments to evaluate competence, decide if that instrument works with project participants;
- an international meeting „Entrepreneurship promotion in an intercultural space and virtuality“ in Greece is for the creation of virtual products and their presentation. The products will be tested during the mobility, so that the project teams could continue creating and perfecting their products;
- an international meeting „Virtual entrepreneurship and social dialogue“ in Portugal will open up an opportunity to practically try out a business model when meeting local learners. The aim of the 4th transnational meeting is the dissemination of work places and use of the cultural events for young adults searching for a job in the European country.
- Alongside with the international meetings, the Austrian partner will organize a one-week joint staff training event. The participants will be those representing their partner country, responsible for the project, adult educators and project executive team.
The transnational meetings are necessary for the exchange of good practices and innovations, for implementation of activities, making the project video and executing the website, monitoring and evaluating project quality and impact on the adult learners.
Employment of young adults will be achieved through a non-traditional path (arts, food, architecture, songs) and new technologies (while making a video, creating and monitoring a website, creating a virtual work place, communicating). While knowing the cultural history and traditions of other country, the project participant would easier integrate into the cultural and social context of other country.
EMPATHY FOR CHILDREN – E4C – ELEOS
Erasmus+ Programme KA2 strategic partnership project n° [2019-1-SK01-KA201-060787]
Pupils who can manage change and take risks are best prepared for the future. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of national, regional and local measures and actions to promote empathy skills in European education is hindered by the lack of political will, education strategies and guidelines. Raising empathy awareness in schools can have a positive impact on their learning environment, influence future decisions, help in the understanding of the intentions of others; their actions and feelings, and help both students and teachers anticipate the short and long-term consequences of what they do.
The concept of competency implies more than just the acquisition of knowledge and skills; it involves the mobilisation of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to meet more complex demands. Future-ready students will need both broad and specialised knowledge. Pupils will need to apply their knowledge in unknown and evolving circumstances. For this, they will need a broad range of skills, including social and emotional skills (e.g. empathy, self-efficacy and collaboration). The methodology and pedagogical approaches that Empathy for Children intends to implement, monitor, develop and assess are those advocated by Mrs Iben Sandahl. Iben Sandahl is an internationally-renowned public speaker, best-selling author, psychotherapist and educator. She has more than 20 years of experienced insight into child psychology and education, which in a most natural Danish way of practicing parenthood.
Iben Sandahl’s methodologies are embedded in Danish BA Teacher Education Programmes and incorporate different approaches, including group work, discussions and lectures, all of which are conducted in a spirit of intellectual freedom, equality and democracy with the skills to plan both the academic as well as the educational (learning environment) aspects of the teaching and learning.
Empathy for Children aims to give all pupils the best opportunities for all-round development and learning. The methodologies build on the principle of differentiated teaching. The teaching is organized in such a way as to strengthen and develop the individual pupil’s interests and through common experiences and situations, providing them with experience which prepare them for cooperation in the performance of tasks. All this develops a pupil’s awareness, imagination and a confidence in their own possibilities and backgrounds such that they are able to commit themselves and willing to take action.
All this lays the foundation for developing empathy skills and understanding of others. The evaluation phase of this project will be a combination of pilot schools’ experiences, including the experiences of pupils, teachers and parents. The project’s structure foresees:
- 5 days transnational training to prepare teacher-trainers
- national training to disseminate the acquired skills
- 19 months piloting in primary schools.
The intellectual outputs of the project will be a multilingual Empathy toolkit and guidelines for teachers and stakeholders (including policy makers) in order to include Empathy in the European education curriculum. The main target groups are the teachers/parents and pupils. The goal is to involve 10 schools in each partner country in order to build a research community. Each school will involve 4 school classes with an average of 25 pupils (= 40x4x25 = 4000). This means that at national level training will involve at least 40 teachers who will be tasked with building a research community in the classroom. Considering that parents will also be involved (4000×2), the number of participants will be more than 12.000
Empathy for Children will have a direct impact on the evolution of European education curriculum including Empathy in the primary school curricula.