On the 29th of October 2020, the fifth and final meeting of the European Project DS-AGEING took place virtually.
DS AGEING is funded by the European Commission within the ERASMUS+ 2018 Programme, Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.
The Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy (POLIBIENESTAR) organized the final transnational management meeting and all the members of the DS-AGEING consortium attended it.
DS-AGEING promoted the Active Ageing model aiming at increasing competences (attitudes, skills, knowledge) and improving the period of ageing of:
- People with Down Syndrome (PDS) over 30 years old
- Families, non-formal caregivers
- Professionals working in the support of PDS
During the last two years, the consortium of the project joined forces in order to:
- Promote identification and prevention of physical and cognitive effects of ageing and slow down the premature ageing and improve the quality of life of PDS.
- Deployed and advanced adapted methods and tools in the replication of physical and cognitive activities in order to prevent the effects of ageing.
- Developed ideas and practices aiming at fostering the participation of PDS in independent and inclusive activities as well as in community participation.
- Focused on identifying and developing appropriate and accessible digital training material and tools that could support the whole process of well-ageing.
Indeed, more than 80 people with Down syndrome (PDS), families, support educators and professionals working in the support of PDS have been trained and participated in the validation actions of the four intellectual outputs of the project.
This united endeavor has led to a series of research results:
- Training materials: guidelines and tools related to the main topics related to Active Ageing of PDS older 30 years old.
- Training activities: activities and guidelines addressed to trainers in order to for improving active ageing in PDS.
- e-Training platform: support tool for the implementation of training materials and training activities.
- Creation of 7 DS-AGEING units to ensure the sustainable exploitation of the project.
- Dissemination actions to raise awareness in the general public and specific groups of people.
DS-AGEING proved that the Active Ageing and competences in terms of attitudes, skills and knowledge of PDS as well as the collective around them can be successfully increased through the DS-AGEING training materials, practical experiences and e-Training platform.
The support and improvement of PDS competences, skills and attitudes with regard to the promotion of Active Ageing were directly related with four basic dimensions: 1) Active Ageing, 2) Cognitive functioning, 3) Facing transitional events and 4) Physical Health, while they have been successfully trained with the support of three types of learning activities: face-to-face activities, practical activities and e-Training activities.
All partners actively participated in the revision of all the training materials and the e-Training platform, while all of them shared their own experiences gained during the validation actions, the results achieved and the feedback of people involved. Possible improvement of the training materials and the e-Training platform were also discussed.
The representatives of the European Consortium:
POLIBIENESTAR Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy, APPT21Portuguese Down Syndrome Association, ASINDOWN non-profit organization, ALDO-CET Αsociația Langdon Down Oltenia Centru Educationl Teodora, DDSS Slovenian Down Syndrome Association, AUTH Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Spominčica-Alzheimer Slovenia non-governmental organization.
thank all people involved and collaborators for their essential commitment and dedication to the training project.
Even if the project is approaching its end, the training activities will continue beyond its lifetime!