How to work with older people
The UK has an ageing population. There are more people over 65 than there are people under 16. What impact is this having on our communities? How does this affect community projects? The Eden Project e-book, Working with Older People, explains how older people can make a difference to your projects and how your projects can improve their lives. Older people make up around a fifth of the population, have developed a lifetime of skills and knowledge, often have time on their hands, and are keen to do voluntary work... why not get them involved?
An ageing population obviously has its issues. The number of people being diagnosed with dementia is increasing, and the physical and sensory impairments that come with ageing — mobility issues, hearing loss and reduced vision — are having widespread effects as people are living longer and staying longer in their homes and their communities.
Hopefully you’ll be reading our e-book because you want to involve older people in your project; you may already have realised that they can have a beneficial impact on the community and enhance community activity. Having the opportunity to share their skills means more than just doing good for the community; it’s good for someone’s health and wellbeing too. Your project could provide more opportunities for older people to get out and about, meet new people, learn new skills, gain more confidence and knowledge and feel more valued in their community.
What the e-book covers:
- Misconceptions and stereotypes associated with the older generation
- Factors that prevent older people being active in their communities and some possible solutions
- The benefits of involving older people in community projects
- Creative ideas
- Examples of inspiring projects