Gdynia Council for Seniors – what is that?

They advise, propose ideas and find new solutions – Gdynia Council for Seniors is an advisory team of the Mayor of Gdynia in matters concerning the needs of older residents and is an important link in the system of involving residents in co-deciding about the city.

11 members of the Council are representatives of organizations and local communities working for the benefit of seniors, including the City Hall, Senior Activity Center, Municipal Social Welfare Center, senior clubs and University of the Third Age.

photo: www.cas.gdynia.pl

Thanks to the extensive interests of its members, it is possible to exchange knowledge and experience, which results in a real impact on shaping the city’s social policy. During the meetings, held at least once every three months, the Council develops ideas and undertakes specific actions for the implementation of programs related to broadly defined support and activation of seniors.

It was thanks to the initiative of the Gdynia Council for Seniors that the 60+ age group gained a special card. This card gives them many benefits, including viewing matches played at the Municipal Stadium, using the services of doctors or beauty salons with a discount. After the Senior Plus Card was introduced, the number of Gdynia’s seniors taking up activities within the framework of activities organized and supported by the local government, increased in a short time to 13.000!!!

Facts:

  • over 2 thousand people signed up for lectures and activities of the University of the Third Age,
  • the title of the City of Friendly Aging – awarded in 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first city in Poland. Thus, Gdynia became a member of the Global Network of Towns and Municipalities of Friendly Aging, gathering over 300 cities from around the world and covering over 100 million inhabitants,
  • The Commissioner for Citizens’ Rights has twice awarded Gdynia with an entry in the Book of Good Practices for Social Participation of Older People,
  • 6.200 people use the Senior Plus card, which allows access to many discounts for various services and access to cultural and sports events,
  • seniors can use free fitness, yoga, pilates or Zumba classes organized by Gdynia Sports Center,

It’s really worth taking and example!

First kick-off meeting in Gdynia

From 29 to 31 January 2019 all the team members of the project “Go Out And Live – creating conditions conducive to maintaining the highest quality of seniors’ lives” met in Gdynia. Project leader – Gdynia Sports Center – hosted  the representatives from Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Romania. The meeting started from presentations of each institution to familiarize others with activities carried out on various levels strictly related to the target group of the project. Partners talked also about key activities of the project, budget, organisational rules, dissemination and evaluation. The main objective of the discussion was to exchange experience and knowledge about work with seniors.

From the beginning of this idea, the common goal has been enriching the standards of care services for the elderly by raising the qualifications of people working with seniors on their daily basis. Therefore, inspired by the involvement of such an experienced group of partners, we are ready for further activities that will be carried out until April 2020.

As a group of people who want to change seniors’ lives, we believe that our energy and creative work will result in final outputs.

 

Active Senior Day in Gdynia

Yesterday 21st January 2019, seniors from Gdynia celebrated their special day – Grandma and Grandpa Day – in a very active way!

Several hundred enthusiasts of a healthy lifestyle took part in fifth edition of the Active Senior Day organised by Gdynia Sports Centre. Seniors showed their great physical condition through their participation in fitness and dance classes run by professional trainers.

Not only sports activities were prepared for seniors, but also workshop called Psychology of color, which will explain how the choice of colors affects our emotionality and what colors speak about ourselves.

– We know how important physical condition for seniors is. Therefore, this year, just like in the previous years, we prepared not only sports activities, but also meetings with health professionals and exercises of the body and mind – says Rafał Klajnert, director of Gdynia Sports Center. – We have invited to cooperation institutions such as: Experyment Science Center, SWPS University, U7 Center and Ciapkowo – he adds.

Seniors could get to know how they should take care of their physical condition, listen about positive aspects about walking with dogs, play bowling and strain mind during art classes.

Project GOAL has its own area during the event. Participants could get to know its main objectives, activities but also take a Physical Activity Diary that (we hope) will motivate them to be more active!

Thank you for your great attention and see you next year!

Dzień Aktywnego Seniora || fot. Dawid Linkowski || GCS
Dzień Aktywnego Seniora || fot. Dawid Linkowski || GCS
Dzień Aktywnego Seniora || fot. Dawid Linkowski || GCS
Dzień Aktywnego Seniora || fot. Dawid Linkowski || GCS
Dzień Aktywnego Seniora || fot. Dawid Linkowski || GCS
Dzień Aktywnego Seniora || fot. Dawid Linkowski || GCS

Meet the MEMTRAIN project!

The inspiration for GOAL, apart from alarming statistics on population health, was also the project entitled MEMTRAIN: Memory Training for Older Adults (55+) Linking Physical Exercise and Brain Training to Promote Healthy Ageing , that was aimed to share knowledge and expertise of professional sports trainers, brain trainers, scientists, psychologists and experts in safety in sports in order to create a professional training manual which will be used to promote the healthy ageing of older adults, specifically those aged 55+.

The manual is focused not only on sports, but on physical activity combined with brain activity which is a combination proven to enhance the health statut of the seniors for higher quality of life and also for a possible better inclusion to the labour market.

The manual is accompanied by instructional videos available on youtube channel. They present: Zumba, Adapted Physical Activity, Nordic Walking,  Athletics and Memory Games.

More information about its outputs are here: https://memtrain.eu/outputs/.

 

 

What’s going on in GOAL

Project GOAL: „Go Out And Live – creating conditions conductive to maintaining the highest quality of seniors’ lives” has started on 1st November and during 18 months will be focused on finding solution how to enrich standards of care services for elderly.

As a result of work of the international project team, there will be created a good practice guide, an instructional video which will show how to communicate with older people but also the offer for seniors will be raised.

In the first months of the project, partners will focus primarily on project’s dissemination by organising meetings with co-workers and stakeholders aimed at familiarizing them with project’s objectives and results and presenting the project during conferences but also on gathering data for educational materials and preparing first kick-off meeting that will be held in Gdynia at the end of January 2019.