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Meaningful Occupation after Retirement for Active and Healthy Ageing (MORE) Erasmus+ Project

28/01/2020
by Ayça ALTINDAL
Language: EN

There are many different psychological and sociological dynamics in a retirement process. Nowadays, people spend a great part of their life in retirement due to the increase in the average life expectancy. During this long period of retirement their earnings are less than before, their skills become redundant as technology advances and this puts them at a huge disadvantage.
With Meaningful Occupation after Retirement for Active and Healthy Ageing (MORE) project which was coordinated by Social Security Institution (SSI), it was aimed to create an Adaptation to Retirement: Life Long Learning Module in order to ensure that retirees do not have difficulty in adapting to their new life after work and are able to adapt to new technology easily. Moreover, it was aimed to improve the self-confidence of people who are retired or will retire in the near future. 
For the implementation of the project, three pilot groups of retirees were created from three countries; Turkey, Netherlands and France. Forty-five retirees were selected to participate in this project by organizations from partner countries. There were two important criterions for choosing the participants. First criteria was that the retirees must have been retired for at most five years before the project starts. The second was about gender equality. Furthermore, the retirees were chosen for their desire to learn more about new things. They were expected not to be hesitant in undertaking projects such as learning a new language, acquiring new hobbies, improving computer skills etc.
The module consisted of five sub-modules; Guidance and Orientation, Healthy-Life, Rights and Laws, Language and Introduction to ICT. These modules were created and improved during their implementation by considering the needs and satisfaction levels of the pilot groups. Their description is as follows:
1.Guidance and Orientation 
This sub-module consists of six sections. In the seminars given in the first two sections by TURYAK, the participants were informed about the social, cultural, psychological and economic dimensions of retirement and how they could adapt to this process. In the third section; SSI, YASAM and TURYAK organized a program of visits to city centers, museums, glass workshops and science centers. In the fourth part of this module, which is more focused on practical works, painting, drama and ceramic workshops were organized. For volunteer activities LOSEV, animal shelter and women asylum visits were organized. In the last part of the sub-module, which is the inter-generational solidarity section, a nursing home was visited. Activities similar to these were also carried out in Netherlands and France. An example of the activities aimed at assessing leisure time and increasing your hobbies is the making of a mood board by retirees from NFE, in which they had to make clear what is meaningful for them during their retirement period. To encourage participation in voluntary activities, NFE made a presentation about ‘Zilverlijn” service which is a service where volunteers daily call on a lonely elderly to have a chat.  E-Seniors also organized a salsa course for retirees.
2.Healthy Life: The goal of this sub-module is to raise awareness of the participants about their health. The trainings in this module were organized by YASAM and TURYAK. They consisted of topics such as healthy life culture, health literacy, and rational drug use. In addition, this module included physical activities. NFE and E-Seniors also organized seminars by using documents prepared by YASAM.
3.Rights and Laws: Within the scope of Rights and Laws sub-module, the participants were provided with information that could be useful in the field of social security and health. Seminars were organized for this purpose by SSI, NFE and E-Seniors. 
4.Language: This sub-module was created by SincanHEM and participants were awarded A1 certificates at the end of the course. 
5.Introduction to ICT: It was also organized and created by SincanHEM with the aim that the people who participate in this sub-module acquire basic computer skills.
After the completion of the sub-modules, an LTT event called Educational and Cultural Amalgamation Workshop was organized. The workshop was held with pilot groups' participants and the project team. Aim of it was to be a practical application of the module in real life. In the workshop, the retirees found the possibility to practice and develop what they had learned. 
As a multiplier event, a final conference was hosted by SSI. Participants from NGOs, associations, academy, public and private sector representatives and also the retired people attended the event. With this event, the aim was to reach as many retirees as possible to disseminate the project’s outputs.
Finally, all outputs were shared in a project website (http://www.moreprojesi.com/) to reach as much as people in the long run. Additionally, website was also published on all the websites of SSI and other partners.

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