Organisers: Adult Education Centre MOCIS and Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE)
Time: 29 June 2017
Location: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Event type: PAS event
Manifesto topic: Migration and demographic change
Target audience: Older adults
Description: Some findings from the event: It is surprising to learn that more than 70% of older adults do not attend educational courses because they believe that they do not need additional knowledge, skills and competencies. It is important to focus on additional methods for motivation, the empowerment of older adults, an individualised personal approach, and strengthening of their self-image, as well as teaching them positive thinking. In Slovenia, where the employment rate in the 55–64 age group is among the lowest in the EU, older adults remain an overlooked business opportunity. Ignoring these people means losing an invaluable source of knowledge, experience and skills, so we should look favourably upon a multi-generational workforce. We should try and eliminate unfounded prejudice regarding older employees and learn to manage the benefits that older people can provide in the work environment. We should try and facilitate the inclusion of older people and prevent discrimination against them. Educating older adults and intergenerational integration allow for the establishment, expansion, and strengthening of social networks. We should encourage the social inclusion of the older population. Importance of the sustainability of programmes intended for older adults.
- Contact: Sonja Lakovšek, Slovenj Gradec AEC / sonja.lakovsek(a)mocis.si, Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik / zvonka.pangerc(a)acs.si