Sensory Gymnastics for the Elderly: Program for the maintenance of sensory capacities in the elderly
The aim of the GYMSEN project was to create a training programme for seniors in order to enhance their sensory capacities, as it is known that ageing is accompanied by changes in both physiological and psychological level that lead to loss of sensory abilities of individuals. The project focused mainly on olfactory, taste and touch.
The aims of the project included:
- promotion of a healthy lifestyle in the elderly – the challenge is to train the elderly to reduce the effects of functional decline;
- motivation of the elderly to training programmes;
- increasing adherence of elder people for food pleasure, improving the quality of life and health status;
- introduction of the “sensory gymnastics” as a new area in the training maintenance programs for the elderly.
In the Czech Republic the target group were healthy yet passive seniors and their friends and relatives who could engage them in training activities. In the other project countries the target groups were institutionalized elders (in Italy), elders with Alzheimer’s disease (in Greece) and healthy and intellectual active elders (in Spain).
During the project we cooperated with the organisation Právě teď, which has a long term expertise with trainings for seniors including the memory training and sensory stimulation. Právě teď was responsible for the pilot testing of the project in the Czech Republic.
The project started in September 2014 and lasted until the August 2016.
The partnership included 5 organisations from 5 European countries:
- EUDA (CZ);
- Technical Research Institute Göthenburg (S) – Swedish research institute dealing with food quality;
- Anziani e non solo (IT) – Italian NGO working with the elderly;
- Athens Association of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders (AAADRD) (GR) – Athenian organization working with the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease;
- AINIA (ES) – Spanish research institute dealing with food quality.
Project work plan consisted of four main parts:
- Analysis of needs – questionnaire survey among seniors and their caregivers or relatives
- Creating the training program and materials
- Testing the pilot version in each country
- Dissemination of the program among organizations working with the elderly
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During the 3rd project meeting the partners discussed also the practical issues of the training programme. Partially the meeting took place in the laboratories of the Swedish partner – SP. The partners agreed to complete the training programme duting the first weeks of March and to train the trainers in the last weeks of March. In the Czech Republic the mentoring of the Právě teď’s trainers will take place in 29th of March 2016.
During the transnational meeting in Carpi the partners of the GYMSEN project discussed the needs of the different target groups in relation to sensory capacities trainings and also the tasks for the last 8 months of the project. The partners agreed to meet again in February and to plan the pilot testing of the programme for spring 2016.
The project is financed by the Erasmus+ programme as a Strategic partnership in the field of adult education.
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