A span of generations, six key topics about active ageing, European cultural diversity, six countries, many languages…all combining to create a common voice about the potential of active ageing in Europe.
The last time I wrote a blog post was right before the the first Thematic Café of the European Voices for Active Ageing (EVAA) project was about to take place. The whirlwind of activity which followed was dedicated to making 6 wonderful dialogues in 6 European countries happen. There wasn’t much time left for blogging about it! Even though the „First Act“ of the EVAA project has formally come to an end, the wave continues! The experiences, insights and results which emerged from these dialogues about the potential of active ageing need to be communicated to as broad of an audience as possible: ranging from organizations working with older adults aged 50+, civic society, business, local, regional and national governments, policy makers to the European Union. The list of people and institutions to tell the EVAA story to is practically endless. The active role which Europe’s older citizens play to support a vibrant European society could not be a more important topic for reflection, conversation and action.
European Voices for Active Ageing project gave older adults a voice and made that voice heard.
Over 600 European participated in the conversations which took place all over Europe in cooperation with the following EVAA partmers:
- Innobasque – the Basque Innovation Agency
- Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Seniorenbüros
- Institute of Gerontology/Zivot 90
- Age UK
- AIP2 Italy
- Cercle des Seniors Actifs
Each of these EVAA partners addressed a different topic related to fostering active ageing to unleash both the creativity and leadership potential of older adults:
- Social Innovation and the Role of 50+ Adults in BILBAO (Spain)
- Civic Engagement of Adults aged 50+ in BONN (Germany)
- Prague as an Age-friendly City in PRAGUE (Czech Republic)
- Celebrating Age – Changing the Perception of Ageing in LONDON (Great Britain)
- Work After 50 in BOLOGNA (Italy)
- Maintain your Élan! – A World Rhythmics Café ® in STRASBOURG (France)
There are many stories to be told about the planning, design, facilitation and results of these participatory dialogues with and by older Europeans. Sharing this information in all its multiple facets will be continue – accompanied by videos and pictures which will capture the richness of the dialogues of the European Voices for Active Ageing (EVAA) project thoughout Europe.
The European Voices for Active Ageing project was made possible with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.