The demographic change and an aging population in the EU is a challenge for adult education providers throughout Europe to focus on this increasingly growing and important group of people at the age of 65 and above who have reached retirement age and have withdrawn from the labor force.
Nowadays, retirement can be seen as an increasingly active phase of life where people still have the opportunity to continue contributing to society.
They wish to be independent and live participative lives well into older age and take responsibility for their own Well-Being. This, however, requires physical and mental health. Research shows that physical activity enhances the physical and mental health which is necessary to increase the quality of life. Active and healthy aging is an essential part of the „Strategy Europe 2020“, whose success deeply depends upon enabling the elderly to contribute to society.
“Older people have to have the opportunity to stay healthy and active, as citizen, as jobholders, as consumer, as career and as volunteer.” Within this project we intend to foster active and healthy aging by encouraging the elderly in taking part in a Walk’n’Talk activity, which means they will acquire healthy habits outside in the inspiring nature and/or their neighborhood – depending on their possibilities and areas they live – and at the same time talk and learn something new in a non-formal learning setting.