An active role for the elderly in the process for an integrated Europe

  • Remedios López-Liria Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano,04120 Almería
  • Pilar Díaz-López Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería
  • Patricia Rocamora-Pérez Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería
  • José Manuel Aguilar-Parra Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería
  • Ana Manzano-León Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería
  • David Padilla-Góngora Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería
Keywords: lifelong learning, elderly, intercultural

Abstract

The European project entitled "Integrating adults and the elderly towards a Europe of knowledge", coordinated by the University of Almería, within the actions of "Grundtvig learning partnerships for adult education", has carried out the assessment of an educational program for people over 55 years in five countries. The aim of the learning partnership was “to encourage the development of innovative practices in education of older people and their transfer between countries”.

Methods: Some of the following teaching tools and methods were used to promote intercultural communication skills: simulation activities, followed by reflective discussion and/or written analysis; guided group activities; local visits to contact people from other countries; ethnographic projects.

Results: The courses provide knowledge and understanding about culture, institutions and different ways of life in diverse communities, and encourage reflection about their own cultural behaviour, practices and attitudes, as well as those of others. Old people enhance communication in their community, by means of meetings in which they talk about their common concerns. This can help the elderly to overcome problems and reduce feelings of loneliness. The courses also help old people acquire new knowledge and skills in a rapidly changing world.

Conclusions: Participants’ motivation increased as the sessions were developed, since the contents of the classes agreed with their own interests, with a constant widening of knowledge. Everybody had an active role in the discussions. This training has shown some aspects about ageing, such as the removal of the image of  the idle retired person; at the same time it promotes active retirement, intergenerational relationships and independence, and improves social and personal skills

Author Biographies

Remedios López-Liria, Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano,04120 Almería

PhD, professor of the university of Almeria in Spain,

scientific interests: physioteraphy, gerontology, lifelong learning

Pilar Díaz-López, Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería

PhD student in Almeria, Spain

health problems in later life

Patricia Rocamora-Pérez, Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería

PhD, professor at the University of Almeria, Spain

scientific interests: successful aging

 

José Manuel Aguilar-Parra, Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería

PhD, professor of the University of Almeria, Spain

interests: psychological assessment

Ana Manzano-León, Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería

PhD student, Department of Psychology, University of Almeria, Spain

education

David Padilla-Góngora, Faculty of Health Science, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería

PhD, professor at the University of Alemria, Spain

psychology in later life

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Published
2016-06-28
How to Cite
López-Liria, R., Díaz-López, P., Rocamora-Pérez, P., Aguilar-Parra, J., Manzano-León, A., & Padilla-Góngora, D. (2016). An active role for the elderly in the process for an integrated Europe. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 7(1), 32-41. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs20161.32.41