Gerontological Educational Work in the Context of Neighbourhood Community Work – A Reliable Path towards Greater Social Equality and Empowerment

Gerontological educational work in the context of neighbourhood community work __ a reliable path towards greater social equality and empowerment. Abstract. In addition to a supporting range of services (such as personal mentoring, various therapies, day-care and supporting Case and Care Management), sustainable and community-orientated educational and neighbourhood work with the elderly in the city of Salzburg (Austria) includes educational work with senior citizens that is thematically open, participative, and need-orientated. This innovative neighbourhood community programme for the elderly was initiated in the city of Salzburg a little over 20 years ago, and has since been taken up and developed by various institutions, including a number of social projects, generating greater social equality. The annual reports and records of social and health institutions in Salzburg, which describe these educational programmes and accompanying didactics that strengthen the communication of the elderly, reveal an all-embracing spectrum of geragogical and gerontagogical work and empowerment. Moreover, in the light of the ageing global population and increasing urbanisation, and the related increase in numbers of dementia sufferers, these results may carry an international significance. The present report consists of a content analysis of the gerontological educational work in Salzburg since 1997. This is followed by a comparative analysis of the websites of these institutions and similar educational programmes from the autumn of 2015. The results are presented in a summary and representative examples are discussed in terms of their global significance.



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Christiane Bahr, University of Salzburg, Austria

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Conference: IICEHawaii2016
Stream: Adult and lifelong learning

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