BESS Project

Our society is an ageing one. According to the 2011 year EU census, the ratio of the 65+ citizens is 17% and this ratio will be 29.9% by the year 2050 (Ageing world 2015 study). This situation means a huge challenge to society and to the social care system too.

Elderly people easily lose their quality of life, can cope harder with everyday challenges and also can lose their personal autonomy as they rely on the help of other people to secure their everyday needs.

Also, a big issue is the lack of personal connections, interactions. Elderly people often have problems with traveling and in a longer term it can lead to the loss of friends.

These people are important members of our society. They gained valuable experiences in their work, part-time activities, they were attendants of many interesting or important historical events and it would be a great loss if these experiences and memories would disappear with their owners.

ICT as a mean of integration

Modern ICT devices and online services can help to prevent or defer the above-detailed difficulties. Today’s Internet-based services can help to stay in touch with friends and relatives, can provide health preserving services, can give platforms to share memories, hobbies, and knowledge.

With our project, we would like to help elderly people to use ICT devices to help their everyday life, to raise their quality of life and to help them to prevent their personal autonomy as long as it is possible.

To reach this goal we would like to prepare a guide for younger relatives of seniors about how to teach the basics of ICT gadgets.

This intergeneration study module will give the foundations for further learning of senior persons.

We would like to develop a special web platform after an international survey and needs analysis to host the teaching materials and

to serve as a community building and knowledge sharing platform. By the development of this platform, the ergonomic and pedagogic needs of the target group are taken account.

The third result is cca. 60 video based learning materials covering common IT related issues that occure in the life of senior person (online shopping, communication, searching). About 20 videos will cover international topics with local language versions and the rest will cover local, country specific themes with local language narration.

Finally we would like to teach seniors to make their own videos with simple gadgets (4th result).

Cooperation

With all the above-detailed results we would like to set the theoretic and practical foundations of the IT-based education of seniors and to prepare an education, community building platform to help their everyday life, raise their quality of life and to help to preserve their autonomy.

The participating organizations of the project from Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, and Slovenia have relevant knowledge and experience in the education of seniors and in the development of IT-based curriculums. We are sure that the project team has the expertise and the knowledge to make something new and useful for the seniors.

Our project

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

News & Events

First dissemination event

We have successfully organized the first dissemination event of the Be Smart Seniors project in Budapest, where, despite the summer heat, nearly 30 participants were interested in the results and goals of the project. Our guests were representatives of adult educators, secondary and higher education institutions interested in the project, as well as representatives of …