SActAge

Sport for Active Aging (SActAge)
Programme: Erasmus+
Key action: Sport
Action: Collaborative Partnerships
Action type: Small Collaborative Partnerships
Call for proposals: EAC-A02-2019-SPO

Start: 01-01-2021 - End: 31-12-2022
Project Reference: 623102-EPP-1-2020-1-IT-SPO-SSCP
EU Grant: 54,480.00 EUR

Partners:
Federazione Nazionale delle Associazioni per i Diritti Degli Anziani (ADA), Italy - coordinator
Universidade Sénior de Évora (USE) – Associação de aprendizagem ao Longo da Vida, Portugal
Instytut Rozwoju Sportu i Edukacji, Poland
Fundación Red Deporte Y Cooperación (RDYC), Spain

To practice Sport prevents the rising of degenerative diseases and contributes to the active aging and to a better quality of life. For this reason the World Health Organization has placed the absence of physical activity as one of the main causes of mortality in the world. For the elderly, the performance of physical activity can therefore determine a series of benefits for physical, mental and social health. Unfortunatly, even though the benefits of sport activities for the elderly, the partecipation of them in those activites is very low in Europe.
The project Sport fro Active Aging - SActAGe intends to promote active aging through sport.

In particular the objectives of the project are:
THE SACTAGE PROJECT
The project SActAGe intends to promote active aging through sport.
In particular the objectives of the project are:

1) Develop tools and strategies to effectively sensitize elderly people to the benefits of sports. The obstacles that prevent elderly people from practise sports can be psychological, cultural, structural. There are several strategies and activities that can break the wall of distrust, and help the elderly to practice sport activities, thus contributing to their physical, mental and social well-being.

2) Develop instruments and strategies to promote sport activities for elderly people in a domestic environment.
Often elderly people are forced to stay in the house for different reasons. They can still practise physical activities at home, the important is that this happens in a safe way. Is interesting to develop knowledge and motivations since those activities canbe practiced in a domestic environment. It is also useful to develop digital skills that allow the elderly to take advantage of video tutorials of the sport exercises, group lessons in video conference, etc.

3) Develop tools and strategies to promote outdoor sports practices, also by combining the enhancement of the territory.
Combining sport and nature not only maximizes the benefits for the mind and the body but also allows older people to enjoy the city's environmental, cultural and historical heritage. The aspects that make outdoor practice and sports activity particularly important is the relationship with the natural environment; the type of sports that can be practiced, such as trekking (considered among the best practices for the third and fourth age); sociability, since many of these practices can be carried out in groups; the possibility of combining sport and sport practice with the cultural use of the territory, as for the use of historical pathways (see for example the Way of Compostela, the Via Appia, the Via Francigena, etc.).

4) Develop tools and strategies to combine sport and motor activity for the elderly and social tourism.
With respect to the theme of Social Tourism, we are talking about an educational approach, increasingly taken into consideration in Europe. Social tourism is an approach that sees travel and tourism as important tools for the well-being of people and communities, and for this purpose it promotes policies and actions that allow tourism to be enjoyed even for disadvantaged population. In 2017, according to Eurostat research, around 62.7% of the EU population aged 55 to 64 participated in tourism for personal purposes, while the percentage of older people (aged 65 and over) ) who participated in tourism was less than half (47.4%). The main reasons were related to health and economic aspects.
Social tourism, in addition to being in itself a very important approach, it is related to sport practice.

5) Develop the volunteering of seniors as promoters of motor activities among the elderly.
Seniors can become voluntary operators to promote physical activity and health in order to help other elderly people in their community to make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to bringing a benefit to the community, elderly volunteers, supported - where necessary - by sports coaches and operators, will experience a profound sense of well-being and utility by developing the feeling of still being an active part in their community and in their lives.

The project will realize those objectives through the creation of the following intellectual outputs:

A) Realization of Intellectual Outputs
The project expect different Intellectual Output

IO1- SActAge Good Practices
Research about good practices on how:
how to effectively sensitize older people to the benefits of sports;
- how to develop individual sports practices safely in the home;
- how to develop outdoor sports practices, also by combining the enhancement of the territory;
- how to develop sport and motor practices in the elderly by combining sport and social tourism;
- develop the volunteering of seniors for the promotion of motor activities among the elderly.

IO2- SActAge Manual
The SActAge manual aims to collect guidelines and practices on the four themes that the project intends to develop, the same explored through the research (IO1) :
- how to raise awareness among the elderly about the benefits of sports;
- how to develop the individual sports practices of the elderly in the home;
- how to develop outdoor sports practices, also by combining the enhancement of the territory;
- how to develop sport and motor practices in the elderly by combining sport and social tourism;
- develop the volunteering of seniors for the promotion of motor activities among the elderly.
The manual will contain both principles and guidelines, as well as practical exercises.

IO3 – SActAge Training module
A training module for senior volunteers, social workers, sports coaches, on how to become promoters of sport practices for elderly people.

B) Testing the activities - Attività di sperimentazione
Realization of experimental activities to test the outputs and thus contribute to their denifition. In particular those activities will concern:

  • Testing of SActAge training module;
  • Testing of the activities described in the SActAge Manual.

Target Groups of the Project
The Target groups of the project will be:

  • Elderly people persone anziane;
  • coach and sport instructors istruttori sportivi;
  • educators and social workers working with older people;
  • representatives of public institutions in the field of the elderly;
  • civil society organizations, such as voluntary associations, senior centers, sports clubs etc.

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Meeting 14.07.2021

14072021

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