Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging

Why we need a network?

Technology can be used as a means to break down integration barriers by providing widespread access to information, services and activities. The development of the information society has brought risks of social exclusion for individuals lacking the necessary skills, equipment or access. Computer and Internet skills are an important form of participation in today’s society.

In the EU, 7% of the population aged 16-24 had never used the Internet in 2008, while increasing to 63 % among those aged 55 to 74, indicating a large generation gap. According to recent UN population projections, the European aged population (above age 60) will be almost 35% of the population by the middle of the 21st century.

These statistics show that the growing technology gap will risk the exclusion of larger population, unless some actions will be undertaken.

In order to reduce this gap an facilitate older people the access to technology the appropriate information and training is necessary.

In each EU country there are initiatives in the field of eInclusion and ICT literacy of seniors, but the levels vary from one country to the other. At this point seniors in each country fight more or less the same difficulties and common activities could save expenses and improve the solutions.

The project partners assume that in order to enable the inclusion of seniors, adequate training and information must accompany any step in their lives from the use of computer, through the use of equipment and to E-administration.

The project partnership found that a good synergy between partners’ countries could result in a global empowerment of senior citizens and a better inclusion in daily life.

We aim at transforming the ageing of European society from a threat to a challenge and benefit from the opportunity for economic growth and for improving Europe's competitiveness.

Creating a network is the methodology chosen here to improve seniors’ inclusion and promote their importance in the economy.

Aims and objectives

The objectives of the network are:

1. Exchange of experience: organize working groups on senior learning and inclusion topics issues, such as active ageing, culture and services.

2. Conferences: Organize conferences on topics related to seniors’ active aging.

3. Communication: Maintain a communication through creating a web-site, distributing newsletters, publishing papers, articles and presentations on related issues.

4. Lobbying and awareness raising: incite policy makers at regional, national and European level to define and support European senior inclusion policy development.

5. Empowerment and valorizing of regions: develop common ideas and solution, transfer information and know-how from one region to the other while valorizing the first one and empowerment of the latter.

6. Projects’ cooperations: Setting up international project partnerships in order to create successful proposals answering EU funding programs.

Target groups

The project has 2 types of target groups:

1. Organisations – will be primary or secondary partners of the networks

a. Primary partners are the country representative who will lead and coordinate the national sub-networks.

b. Secondary partners are the members of the network who will benefit from the synergy of the network and will be able to participate in activities and share information.

Both type of partners have to be active in the field of seniors computer and technology training.

2. Senior citizen – are an indirect target group but direct beneficiaries of the results of activities. They will not only be able to inform themselves through publications and information distributed by the networks but will also benefit from its results.