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Silver Age Learning Project Concluded
 
[30-06-2022]
On June 30, 2022, the implementation phase of the Silver Age Learning project ended after 34 months of our common work. In the course of the implementation SAGE partnership members created a host of valuable education products aimed at making lives of seniors more enjoyable, more dignified and more independent. The products are now available for free to all interested parties on the SAGE project website.
 

 

The last SAGE newsletter just arrived!

[30-06-2022]

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The third SAGE newsletter just arrived!

[2021-4-30]

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Rollout of the initial release of the Silver Age Course

[2021-3-31] The first full version of our Silver Age Course for seniors has been completed! To reach this important milestone of our project we had to overcome challenges not foreseen at the time of conceiving the project plan, which were imposed by the covid-19 pandemic situation. Since March 2020 all coordination actions of our SAGE partnership have been conducted online, including the member meetings planned in Iceland and Slovenia. These restrictions, however, in no way affected the quality of our outputs. We hope that, starting with summer 2021, external conditions will be more favorable for completing our implementation program and we will be able to complete it according to the original plans in June 2022.

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SAGE outputs

Final outputs delivered!
 
[2022-6-30] Our mission has been completedcool and we can proudly present our final outputs.
 
Silver Age Course
Silver Age Course is the principal output of the SAGE project. It consists of two major parts:
  1. Learning Materials for trainees
  2. Methodology for trainers and administrators
 
Silver Age Course is published in six languages. Besides the English language version (EN), it is published in all five native languages of the SAGE partnership members: Czech (CZ), Greek (GR), Icelandic (IS), Italian (IT) and Slovenian (SI).
 
 
Learning Materials (LM) will support the trainees participating in the Silver Age education program. They provide learning support for the course program laid out in the COURSE PLAN. For each of the five Silver Age course modules the Learning Materials consist of two components:
  1. learning texts and
  2. worksheets.
While learning texts will support the students during their training and will serve as a further source of information and a future reference on the studied topics, worksheets contain many exercises and complementary texts that will help the students in mastering the studied topics. Each Silver Age course module is divided into several (3 - 5) learning units. This course structure of concise education building blocks makes it easy to extend or modify the course contents in the future. Each LM language set contains approximately 260 pages of study materials.
 
We provide you with the Learning materials in english and each partner language:

 

Methodology

The methodology for trainers and training administrators who will be engaged in implementation of the Silver Age education program consists of two major parts:

  1. Teacher's Guide containing teaching support materials for the Silver Age Course trainers
  2. Evaluation Kit providing tools for measurement of the outcomes of the training

Bellow you find methods for each involved language:

 
Teacher's Guide

The guide aims at ensuring high educational standards for the course training process. The suggested education methodology develops the general teachings of gerontagogy into specific and detailed recommendations on:

- Setting up and prioritizing education objectives

- Choosing the appropriate training forms

- Selecting adequate training methods

- Employing adequate and effective diagnostics tools

Teaching methodology recommendations are detailed up to the individual lesson level and they are developed in accord with the LM worksheet contents (exercises) provided to the trainees. In addition the Teacher’s Guide includes the Course Adaptation Guidelines, which provide practical guidelines for delivering the course and specifically for those trainers who happen to teach groups with special needs. 

 

Evaluation Kit

Measuring outcomes of the training is an important part of the Silver Age course. Evaluation Kit is a comprehensive evaluation tool, which consists of three sets of questionnaires, which are designed to collect a feedback from the Silver Age course participants:

  1. Trainee’s Evaluation Questionnaire
  2. Trainer’s Evaluation Questionnaire
  3. Impact Evaluation Questionnaire

 

Application Verification

Implementation parameters and the effectiveness of the Silver Age Course were verified in the piloting classes. Every consortium member participated in the course verification program. The implementation of the course piloting classes was to a certain extent affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our students, elderly citizens, were the very segment of population, which was hit hardest by the pandemic outbreak. We could not therefore blame them for being cautious or hesitant about staying in a larger group. This attitude was, however, rather an exception than a rule. Frequent re-scheduling of the classes due to ever-changing pandemic restrictions was a common experience during this project phase. In Italy and Greece it was necessary, due to the imposed restrictions, to implement the classes online. Nevertheless, all five learning modules of the Silver Age Course were tested out in full and the verification program completed successfully. Eventually 171 trainees enrolled into the pilot training program. Watch our video on YouTube from piloting courses. The results are very favorable and are presented in the attached VERIFICATION REPORT.

 

Project Videos

To bring across the main ideas behind the SAGE project we produced a 6-minute long informative video, which describes the motivations for the project, explains its objectives, shows implementation steps and informs about the key products. The video is released in six languages: in English, Czech, Greek, Icelandic, Italian and Slovenian. It is posted on YouTube here:

 

Initial release of the Silver Age Course 

[2021-3-31] On March 31st, 2021, the first full version of our Silver Age Course for seniors has been released! The initial version of the course is issued in English. Translations into native languages of our SAGE partnership will follow. A detailed view of the structure of all course modules is presented in the COURSE PLANwhich provides a detailed view of the course curriculum, describing division of the course modules into individual lessons along with class hour allocations for the training system components.

The analytical phase of the project is done!

[2020-9-25] In June 2020 our partnership completed the analytical phase of the project. The outcome of our analytical work is encapsulated in our first product - Course Plan. The plan contains a detailed specification of the course. The whole course is comprised by five education modules:

  1. Health
  2. Exercise and Nutrition
  3. Mental Health
  4. Residential Life
  5. Community Living

Each partnership member is in charge of developing one module. The total length of the course is 144 class hours. The next major milestone is coming up in March 2021 when the initial release of the course content is due.

SAGE partners

aczlogoLearning centre ACZ, s r.o. was founded in 1995 as an institution for adult education and training, encompassing a broad range of interests from communication to computer skills, from vocational training to leisure time topics. Up-to-date ACZ has participated in twelve EU-funded projects for disadvantaged groups on the job market.
Contact: Karel Vyhnal, e-mail: Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.
Web page: https://www.acz-kurzy.cz/

 

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Fjölmennt is an adult course - and resource center for learning disabled people,  20 years and older. Fjölmennt provides a broad variation of courses in adult education for people with different kind of learning disabilities, but mostly for people with moderate to severe and profound disabilities in area of cognitive learning disabilities, multiply disabilities and autism.
Contact: Ásgerður Hauksdóttir, email:  Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.
Web page: http://www.fjolmennt.is/

 

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KMOP is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1977. KMOP’s main areas of expertise include social welfare and health, employability and human rights protection, scientific research and development of know-how in social policy and social protection issues. Apart from direct provision of services through decentralised community based facilities, KMOP is also actively involved in both national and international projects, addressing social issues particularly focusing on low-skilled youth and long term unemployed, victims of violence and trafficking, disabled, elderly, migrants and minorities.
Contact: Eva Salmatani, email: Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.
Web page: https://www.kmop.gr

 

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University for Adult Education Celje is a public institution whose main task is education of adults. We see the meaning and vision of our functioning in a modern educational center, as we strive to follow all the novelties in the field of education and educate people according to the principles of lifelong learning.
Contact:Janja Đaković, email: Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.
Web page: http://www.lu-celje.si/

 

 

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PLIS, the in-house company of Province of Livorno and Livorno Port Authority, has a consolidated experience in EU projects whose central themes are: job, social inclusion, gender equality, employment local strategies, transnational cooperation and logistics, maritime, port sector. Its mission is the implementation of policies useful for local, sustainable development, research and training.
Contact: Federica Lessi, email: Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.
Web page: http://www.plis.it/

 

SAGE meetings

Dissemination Conference in Athens

athens[25-05-2022] The principal results and outputs of the project were shared at the final conference "Aging happily: Prevention against social exclusion of people 60+", which took place in Athens on May 12, 2022. It was organized by the Greek project partner KMOP. The conference was attended by many stakeholders, including representatives of municipalities, government organizations and citizens from the surrounding communities over the age of 65.

The local and regional authorities that participated in the events presented their initiatives and programs related to the issue of aging. On the part of our partnership, the final products and our experience from verification courses were the focus of our presentation. In addition, local senior folk singing and traditional dancing groups as well as members of a community painting group shared their art with the others. The meeting was very pleasant and fulfilling for the conference participants.
 

Final Management Meeting in Athens

athens_conf_dance[25-05-2022] The fifth management meeting of SAGE partnership in Athens on May 13, 2022 followed the successful second dissemination conference of the day before. It was the last management meeting and also the last common event of the project. The meeting focused on evaluation of the project implementation process. The bottom line is straightforward: All major goals of the project have been accomplished and all milestones have been met. This is not a small achievement when we consider the substantial measure of uncertainty we experienced in the past two years. The highest commitment of all SAGE consortium members is probably the primary reason for our results. The partnership members concluded the meeting with a notion that the project's topic deserves further development and cooperation.

 
Dissemination Conference in Livorno
 
livorno harbor[22-10-2021] The SAGE dissemination conference Learning in the Third Age: The Challenges of Erasmus+ took place on October 14, 2021 at the Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean in Livorno, Italy.The event, which was hosted by the Provincia di Livorno Sviluppo project partner, was among the first public events held after a prolonged shutdown of similar public activities in the city of Livorno and brought in over thirty guests from the interest groups and the general public. Among stakeholder entities represented at the conference we could find such organizations as Unitrè and Popular University of Rosignano, SPI CGIL, Auser Filo d’Argento of Livorno or United Ecosolidali Neighborhoods of Livorno.
Partners from the project consortium countries - Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Italy and Slovenia - brought their contributions to the conference to give a European perspective of the theme of learning in old age. Recognizing that learning should play a fundamental role in social participation and management of everyday life, SAGE partners presented their Silver Age Learning program designed to meet the challenge of training in the third age.The Silver Age Course is emphasizing the value of social networks, physical and intellectual exercise, personal development and cultural activities and promotes social life, personal well-being and autonomy as important elements for spending an active life even in the old age.
 
Project Management Meeting in Livorno
[25-10-2021] The fourth management meeting of SAGE partnership in Livorno on October 15, 2021 followed the successful dissemination conference event of the day before. It was, however, only the second management meeting when the members met face-to-face. The meeting started with evaluation of the conference and reflected on the positive feedback from the event's participants who expressed their appreciation of the Silver Age Course innovative concept. Nevertheless, verification and testing of the course, which will take place in each consortium member country, remained at the focus of our meeting. We discussed the outcomes from the joint staff training workshop for Silver Age Course trainers, held in Prague in September, status of preparations for the piloting courses, unified class documentation, course evaluation criteria, etc. Iceland member FAEC is the first one to start piloting classes in October and other members are going to join in November and/or December. Piloting classes are scheduled to be concluded by the end of January 2022.
 
Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Prague
 
Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Prague[09-15-2021] The SAGE project entered its verification phase. During this phase each project partner will host a free-of-charge pilot training for seniors on the Silver Age course topics developed earlier. Results and feedback collected from the piloting classes will be used for finalizing the contents and teaching methods of the Silver Age course.
 
The verification phase of the project was kicked-off by the Train-the-Trainer workshop which took place in Prague from September 7 to September 9, 2021. This three-day intensive workshop/training was intended for trainers who will be involved in teaching Silver Age piloting classes. The general objective of the event was to build a common unified base for training methodology of the Silver Age course.
 
By the end of the workshop all nine hard-working participating trainers:
  • Understood the motivation for Silver Age course
  • Understood the course structure and innovative features
  • Were familiar with the course training tools, knew their purpose and were able to use them
Trainer factor is, of course, an element of utmost importance in every training. The positive outcomes of this training event give us confidence that outcomes and data collected from the piloting classes of the Silver Age course will be comparable and highly relevant, despite the fact they will be taken in the geographical area stretching from Iceland to Greece.

SAGE June online meetingThe Celje meeting conducted online

[2021-1-26] The third partnership management meeting had been scheduled for January 2021 in Celje, Slovenia. Due to the travel limitations imposed by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic situation, our partnership met again online on January 22, 2021. The meeting focused on development of our intellectual products. We reviewed the progress of our common work on the course development and discussed the remaining open issues concerning the key outputs. We have every reason to believe that we will meet the milestone deadline of March 31, 2021, when the initial course release in the partnership's work language (of English) is due to be delivered. Following the milestone soon, initial phase of the course field testing will begin. We agreed on moving the date of the train-the-trainer workshop, which will conclude the initial field testing phase, from June to late August 2021.

The Reykjavík meeting was replaced by two online meetings

[2020-6-21] The second partnership management meeting had been planned for June 18 and 19, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, travelling to Iceland was not possible. Instead all partnership members met online on June 18. During our online conference we discussed and resolved a number of mostly organizational and management topics/issues. The partnership members also agreed to moving the meeting date to September 24 - 25.

[2020-9-25] However, due to the early autumn resurgence of the pandemic, the alternate meeting date did not materialize either. Therefore we met again online on September 24. This time our discussions focused mostly on product development. We evaluated the up-to-date results and set goals and guidelines for the future development of the course content. The next consortium meeting is scheduled for January 2021 in Celje, Slovenia.

The project kick-off meeting in Prague

SAGE KickOff Meeting[2019-10-28] The project coordinator ACZ Learning Center hosted the first transnational meeting of the SAGE consortium in Prague on October 24 and 25, 2019.

At the beginning of the initial meeting session participants reviewed the implementation plans, presented their organizations and debated development of planned outputs. Next partnership members discussed a detailed schedule of both the activities leading to preparation of our products and dissemination actions aimed at promoting our products. The initial meeting session concluded by reviewing organizational and financial management rules of the project implementation.

Next our meeting agenda focused on development of the first SAGE partnership output, which involves analysis of topics to be included in the new course as well as preparation of a detailed course description. After a thorough discussion the consortium members reached an agreement on the course topic selection methodology and on the structurer of the detailed course description. Before the meeting concluded deadlines for each step of the initial analytical phase of the project were set, up to the next transnational meeting to take place in June 2020.

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