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Health university for seniors

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Source of Funding: Swiss - Latvian Cooperation Programme 2009-2012
Program: NGO Fund of Swiss - Latvian cooperation program

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General  aim  of  the  subproject  is  the  fortification  of  capacity  of  Jelgava  Pensioner  association, promoting  the  development  of  life-long  learning  in  health  maintenance  for  senior  citizens, popularizing healthy lifestyle and active ageing, thus furthering prolific prolongation of the length of a lifetime.

Direct aim of the subproject is the formation and approbation of the model of Health university for senior citizens.
Target group of the project – Jelgava inhabitants of pre-pension and pension age.
The place of the implementation of the project – The city of Jelgava.

During the project there will be implemented the following main activities:

1.  The  administration  of  the  subproject.  There  will  be  ensured  the  introduction  of  the subproject according to the planned activities, timetables and planned costs.
2.  The formation and approbation of the model of Health University for senior citizens.

2.1. subactivity. The development of the programme of informal education. 
There will be developed and approbated the model of Health university for senior citizens, within frameworks of which there is envisaged to work out informal education programme for the target group called „Health maintenance and prevention of illnesses for senior citizens‖.
2.2 subactivity. The approbation of the informal education programme „Health maintenance and prevention of illnesses for senior citizens” In theoretical seminars senior citizens will be informed about the importance of healthy lifestyle in order to maintain health. There will also be explained the questions of age phase physiology and psychology, as well as the changes in organ system connected with  aging, how to accept it, how to help themselves without the help of medicine, thus saving their budget and reducing the number of visits to the doctor. They will be informed about the possibilities of holistic treatment in Latvia.
In  practical  lessons  senior  citizens  will  acquire  practical  and  correct  physical  activities  in  doing exercise, Nordic walking, and swimming.
2.3.  subactivity.  Training  of  the  volunteer-  multiplicators.  Nine  multiplicators-volunteers  will be trained for further work in senior-citizen health support groups. 
2.4.  subactivity.  The  development,  publishing  and  distribution  (500  units)  of  the  reference book „Health ABC for Seniors citizens”.

3. Activity. Subproject publicity
In  the  end  Zemgale  regional  conference  will  be  organized  introducing  the  results  of  the  project, distributing  the  reference  book  „Health  ABC  for  Senior-citizens‖,  thus  popularizing  the achievements of the project to all senior-citizens in Zemgale.

Planned results: 

  1. The development of the programme of informal education. „Health maintenance and prevention of illnesses for senior citizens‖
  2. The approbation of the programme of informal education ―Health maintenance and prevention of  illnesses  for  senior  citizens‖–  for  120  senior  citizens  there  will  be  implemented  60  academic hours theoretical lessons and 20 academic hours practical lessons.  
  3. The  training  of  nine  multiplicators  to  work  with  senior  audience  thus  providing  the sustainability of the project.  
  4. The establishment of three senior citizen groups to cultivate healthy habits. 
  5. The preparation, publishing and distribution (500 units) of the reference book „Health ABC for Seniors-citizens‖.
  6. The ensuring of publicity of the project and the popularization of the experience. (Informative materials, the reference book, the conference).

It is planned to implement the Subproject in the period from February 1, 2011 till 30 November, 2011.

Priority: Akadēmiskie pētījumi
Target group: Seniors
Legal status of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Region: Zemgale Region,Jelgava
Amount of Grant Awarded: 20900.00 LVL / 29 738.02 EUR
Project number: 2010.CH04/mic-104
Project Promoter: society "Jelgava Pensioner association"
Partner(s): Jelgava regional adult education center
Start date of project: 01.02.2011.
Project finish date: 30.11.2011.
Place of implementation: Jelgava
Legal address: Pasta 44, Jelgava, LV-3001
Phone: 63012159, 29222737
Fax: 63007033