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Lifelong Learning Institution as a Means of Creating Age-Friendly Environment   Gulnara Minnigaleeva, Ph.D. Senior Resourc...
Agenda <ul><li>What is Tuymazy, Russian Federation and the situation of older persons in it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did we ...
What is the situation of older persons in Russia? <ul><li>Post Soviet country in transition - change of regime, economy an...
What is the situation of older persons in Tuymazy?
What is the situation in Tuymazy ( data from the  WHO “bottom-up” research stage)? <ul><li>Few opportunities for social in...
What other challenges did we consider? <ul><li>Disjunctions of past Soviet ideology and present capitalist mentality </li>...
Why did building on “Folk school” (Third Age University) form seem to be appropriate?   <ul><li>A form of civic engagement...
Tuymazy Folk School statistics (October 2007-April 2008)   <ul><li>35 local volunteers  </li></ul><ul><li>15 older volunte...
Tuymazy Folk School statistics (October 2007-April 2008)
What benefits were created by the lifelong learning organization?   <ul><li>Participation, volunteering & recognition  </l...
Volunteering
Volunteering   <ul><li>Participation in meaningful activities outside of family settings </li></ul><ul><li>Public recognit...
Local college students interned as tutors in computer  class
Local college students interned as tutors in computer  class <ul><li>Meaningful  intergenerational communications outside ...
Participation in decision-making processes   <ul><li>University Council </li></ul><ul><li>Communications with Governmental...
Improving image of ageing <ul><li>Stories in local media </li></ul><ul><li>TV studio with older adults producing content f...
New Projects  <ul><ul><li>International chat room  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webblog  ( www.moigoda.wordpress.com )  </li...
Video Clip  <ul><ul><li>Produced by older learners of the TV class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All the citations are the wo...
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Lifelong Learning Institution as a Means Of Creating Age Friendly Environment

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Presented at Age-Friendly Cities Good Practices Meeting, Istanbul, May 23

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Lifelong Learning Institution as a Means Of Creating Age Friendly Environment

  1. 1. Lifelong Learning Institution as a Means of Creating Age-Friendly Environment Gulnara Minnigaleeva, Ph.D. Senior Resource Center “ Wisdom Ripening” Tuymazy, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Tuymazy, Russian Federation and the situation of older persons in it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did we choose a form of a lifelong learning organization to proceed with AFC project? </li></ul><ul><li>What benefits did older people gain from participation in it? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is the situation of older persons in Russia? <ul><li>Post Soviet country in transition - change of regime, economy and ideology </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid aging of population </li></ul><ul><li>Life expectancy 61 for men and 73 for women (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Eligibility for Government provided pensions is 60 for men and 55 for women </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal pension constitutes only 46% of cost of living </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the situation of older persons in Tuymazy?
  5. 5. What is the situation in Tuymazy ( data from the WHO “bottom-up” research stage)? <ul><li>Few opportunities for social interactions and communications with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of younger generation as immoral, disrespectful, irresponsible </li></ul><ul><li>Usually close relationships between generations in the families, but not age-friendly attitudes to older persons in general </li></ul><ul><li>Effort to recognize, but recognition only happens twice a year </li></ul><ul><li>Two clubs and a network of Veterans’ councils, but membership is extremely limited, and the councils are largely dysfunctional </li></ul>
  6. 6. What other challenges did we consider? <ul><li>Disjunctions of past Soviet ideology and present capitalist mentality </li></ul><ul><li>Historical dependence on governmental solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Skepticism and fear of any civic engagement activities, Post soviet “allergy” to volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Funding (no culture of giving) </li></ul><ul><li>The city authorities' fear of responsibility and any organized activities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why did building on “Folk school” (Third Age University) form seem to be appropriate? <ul><li>A form of civic engagement widely used in the Soviet times </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar and therefore trustworthy for older persons </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional and therefore trustworthy for conservative city authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate response for the needs expressed during the research stage </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tuymazy Folk School statistics (October 2007-April 2008) <ul><li>35 local volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>15 older volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>350 1-2 hour classes </li></ul><ul><li>12 volunteer instructors taught 15 courses </li></ul><ul><li>120 older adults attended </li></ul><ul><li>3 School celebrations with 25-40 learners participating </li></ul><ul><li>Several informal gatherings </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple informal connections </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tuymazy Folk School statistics (October 2007-April 2008)
  10. 10. What benefits were created by the lifelong learning organization? <ul><li>Participation, volunteering & recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational communications </li></ul><ul><li>Participation in decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Improving image of aging </li></ul>
  11. 11. Volunteering
  12. 12. Volunteering <ul><li>Participation in meaningful activities outside of family settings </li></ul><ul><li>Public recognition of older adults' contributions (stories in media and government letters of recognition of contrubutions ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Local college students interned as tutors in computer class
  14. 14. Local college students interned as tutors in computer class <ul><li>Meaningful intergenerational communications outside of family settings </li></ul><ul><li>Break through indifference of younger people towards civic participation </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of their attitudes towards older generation </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of older people's opinion towards youngsters </li></ul>
  15. 15. Participation in decision-making processes <ul><li>University Council </li></ul><ul><li>Communications with Governmental officials </li></ul><ul><li>Written evaluation from all learners </li></ul>
  16. 16. Improving image of ageing <ul><li>Stories in local media </li></ul><ul><li>TV studio with older adults producing content for a TV program on a local channel </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational communications in positively viewed settings </li></ul>
  17. 17. New Projects <ul><ul><li>International chat room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webblog ( www.moigoda.wordpress.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free shows </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Video Clip <ul><ul><li>Produced by older learners of the TV class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All the citations are the words of the participants from their evaluations </li></ul></ul>

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