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Database: AT15

Created On Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:07 By José Jesús Delgado


ID Code (e. g. HU1):
AT15
1 – MIND/MENTAL FITNESS/MENTAL WELLBEING/MEMORY/COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM / SERVICE /
ACTIVITIY NAME (IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE):
LENA - Lernen in der nachberuflichen Phase
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: LENA - Learning in the post-professional phase
URL
http://www.bia-net.org/de/lena.html
LANGUAGE German
AUTHOR
not defined

2 - CONTACT DATA AND TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION (NAME):
Netzwerk Bildung im Alter
ORGANIZATION (URL):
www.bia-net.org
COUNTRY:
Austria
TYPE (SME, Company, Community Centre, Health Centre, Educational Centre, Foundation,
Municipality, governmental institution, etc):
Association
ADDRESS:
Schöckelblickstrasse 2/3, A- 8044 Graz
TELEPHONE: N/A
E-MAIL: Manuela Hinterberger: +43 699/241 700 38, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  Private  
  In this case, please indicate the territorial
scope of the organization:
National

3 - TARGET POPULATION
Age range:
From: N/A to N/A years Not defined
Older than: N/A years  
Gender: Unisex
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
N/A

4 - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIND FITNESS PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY (NB: Should the program, service or activity be included into more than one category, please select the most representative category for that PSA. But, REMEMBER: THE PSA MUST BE SELECTED ONLY IN CASE THAT MENTAL FITNESS / MENTAL WELLBEING IS INCLUDED IN ITS GENERAL AIMS OR GOALS. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD NOT SELECT IT. The characteristics below are the means, not the goal)
Providing opportunities for learning and studying, Providing cognitive/memory training, Helping to improve mental fitness / wellbeing by learning digital competences (TIC)
Other: N/A
COST FOR PARTICIPATION, FEES (in Euros):N/A N/A Not defined
(EXPECTED) DURATION OF THE Programme/Service/Activity: N/A
Begin (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A
End (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A or Number of weeks:N/A
Number of units:differs between the 7 modules
Hours per unit:differs between the 7 modules

5 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY PURPOSES
LENA (2004-2007) was an inclusive project actively questioning how older people with no education and/or with different social, culture or gender specific needs can be effectively involved in educational programmes. LENA wanted to open up LLL opportunities for older people, help society accept the older generation, oppose age discrimination, strengthen solidarity between the old and the young. LENA’s main task was to design and to test a curriculum for older learners and to investigate the application of the materials.

LENA seeks to develop an empowerment curriculum entitled “Education in Old Age”. Their definition of an empowerment curriculum is: “An empowerment curriculum is a programme of learning that in its content and in its conception ought to lead individuals to be empowered. Learning among other factors has the potential to support individuals to maintain an independent and active life physically, cognitively and socially.”

6 - RESOURCES
a.- Which materials were used?
The materials present the shift away from teacher-centred towards learner-centred education the team has developed a pan-European approach to creating learning that engages older people at each stage of the process. The partners have focused particularly on the needs of older people who may suffer disadvantage of one kind or another.

LENA project material consists of two components. One is a handbook and the other is a CD with resources. The handbook is available in several languages. The modules outlined below have quite a difference in the resources needed and can be looked up in the LENA handbook.
b.- Who conducted the program / service activity? (What role, what qualifications, etc.)
The LENA project partners from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and the UK have worked together on developing a new way of creating learning opportunities for older adults. The project partnership is: GEFAS Styria, VHS Hamburg, USAL (UNiversidade Sénior de Almeirim), LAEC (Leicester Adult Education College), SSSS (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), ZDUS (zveza Drustev upokojencev Slovenija), ATHENA (Association for Education and Development of Women), EURAG (European federation of older persons).

7 - METHODOLOGY USED (presentations, pair work, group work, peers, mentors, blended
learning, e-learning, etc.)
To reach the LENA aims they worked with some principles: use focus groups to give older people a chance to participate in developing the curriculum. National modules for the curriculum was developed and integrated into a curriculum. This was tested with individuals.
The curriculum consists of individual modules developed by the participating organisations, using the experience of national target groups and services. These modules provide an illustration of themes and methods pertinent to specific target groups that will support the future planning and delivery of learning offers. Older people participated in the development of the curriculum through the medium of focus group activity. Consideration of transnational practicability will be a major aspect of the design.

Altogether the each LENA module has its own methodology which can looked up in the respective pages in the handbook.

8 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
It is called a empowerment curriculum which promotes social and community engagement and individual wellbeing, encourages active participation in learning, gives older people skills that are new, updates and re-focuses existing skills, knowledge and understanding so that they continue to be relevant and useful.

Authors anticipate that learning of this sort will contribute to combating the isolation of older people, improving their self-confidence and their self-esteem, enabling individuals actively make the right choices for them.

The LENA empowerment curriculum consist of 7 modules which can be used independently or all together:
1. Back to the future: looking back to previous life stages, generating key information about hidden or overlooked individual resources that may be of use for future learning and life. (in units: chances and challenges, competences and skills, creativity, time management)
2. Sharing between communities: older people from the country and from abroad
3. Computers – don’t panic! Aiming at inclusion also means communication skills and digital information sources.
4. Safe and sound: covers what and how older individuals can do for the own safety (eg falls prevention measures, crime prevention, how to maintain own health, nutrition, exercise, medication). Contents: being safe at home, staying safe in traffic, how health contributes to a safer and happier life, modern technologies, safety/danger from attack, taking care, staying safe.
5. Keeping fit in mind and body – mind your memory: different ways of maintaining mental capabilities in older age with various exercises that support brain activity and improve memory. Phases: Introduction - motivation phase how physical and psychological changes are connected with getting older, content and methodology; unit 1: word play (games with words, creation of chains of words, combinations of words, pair of small group work); unit 2: empower your memory (techniques for remembering and refreshing memory); unit 3: story building.
6. Keeping fit in mind and body – keep fit stay fit: dance, swim for keeping physical acitivity. Module is devided in 3 units: 1. The development of understanding of the limits and potentails of physical capability, 2. Selection of physical exercise/activity that matches individual needs, 3. Correct performance of the exercises/activity.
7. Learning to teach older people: there is a different style of teaching needed in older age groups. Other learning opportunities are needed that support the empowerment of older people which enable them to play a more active, participatory role.

9 - ADDITIONAL COMMENTS / CONCLUSIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR
MATERIAL/COURSE
N/A

10 - RELATED REFERENCES (BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR INTERNET LINKS)

Abraham, E., Börger, A., Cristo, F., Curtis, R., Danihelkova, H., Hanelova, K., . . . Swanton, P. (2007). Learning that works for older people. The LENA handbook (english version). Graz: GEFAS Steiermark.

LENA. (2013, 21.03.2013). The project LENA: Learning in the post-professional and empty nest phase. from http://www.bia-net.org/de/lena.html

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