Twenty-four older adults from The Hague and Gouda participated with much enthusiasm in a workshop sequence of six meetings and indicated afterward that the training improved their digital skills. In this article will be described what the success formula was to book real results.
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Since August 2021, the German project partner ISIS is testing the training developed within the Bridge the Gap! project in Bad Vilbel. Within the training, the participants jointly develop projects that contribute to make their living environment more age-friendly. This includes in particular measures that strengthen the autonomy of older adults and promote their participation in all areas of life. In addition to getting to know each other and learning units on digital tools and the concept of age-friendly environments, the focus of the workshops conducted so far has been on finding ideas for their own projects. The participants exchanged ideas, also with guest speakers, in particular on how the offers to promote the digital literacy of older citizens can be extended.
The aim for the further work of the participants is to concretise and implement these ideas. We are looking forward to the upcoming meetings and workshops, the exciting exchange with each other and the creative projects that will be developed!
Seniors Initiatives Centre started Bridge the Gap! Project training on August 31. The training takes place in Šilainiai and Šančiai branches of Kaunas City Public Library. 16 older citizens from Šilainiai and Šančiai districts enrolled in the training course in response to wide promotion on social media channels. The training is organized in weekly sessions for two groups of 8 people aged 70+. The first session was used to introduce the project idea and the training curriculum, to evaluate the motivation, experience and expectations of the participants and to practice joining a Zoom class. The participants also practiced the public transport App Trafi in order to find the way to the consumer electronics retail store Avitela. The second session took place there to introduce the participants to smart home technology appliances and gadgets. The third session is planned to give the participants a virtual reality experience in VR Experience Room. After taking a look at digital technologies all around us, the training will continue in the libraries until the middle of October.
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