GATE - Generations Ageing Together in Europe


Projectduration: 1. August 2012 - 31. July 2014




Active ageing is the process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.  It does not only refer to the ability to be physically active but to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural and civic affairs.  Active ageing aims to extend healthy life expectancy and the quality of life for everyone as they age.  Given that we all age within the context of family, friends, neighbours etc. active ageing must therefore be looked at from an intergenerational perspective.

The main purpose of this project is to encourage reflection on active ageing and what this means for EU citizens.  More specifically through the project we brought together older people from the member states to discuss what active ageing means to them and raise awareness of the importance of active ageing to help ensure that older people are able to remain in the labour market for longer, to prevent social exclusion by encouragingparticipation in their communities and to help prevent dependency as people get older.

We particularly targeted older people who are marginalised and from the most vulnerable social groups and will look at the factors that contribute to active ageing and how small measures and initiatives can promote health and well being. The project will furthermore examine the role of education in advancing the active ageing agenda and develop a framework of learning. The role of local governments, health bodies and other stakeholders will be considered along with the need for collaborative working among all parties. National workshops will allow the discussions to include the views and opinions of the different generations and embed the concept that the changing demographic is an issue for all ages.





Our objectives:

  • To facilitate discussion and debate on active ageing among learners and partner organisations - what does it mean?  how can it be achieved?
  • To facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practice in promoting and engaging older people in active ageing strategies. 
  • To encourage critical reflection on current practices
  • The development of tools to promote good practice
  • The development of a GATE handbook with results and outputs of the project
  • To discuss innovative practices to engage the most vulnerable older people in active ageing activities at a community level
  • To increase knowledge of active ageing strategies and programmes in partner countries.
  • To examine and explore the role of education in active ageing strategies
  • To explore and examine the role of government, health bodies and other stakeholders in active ageing strategies and how they can work together collaboratively.
  • To encourage older peoples involvement in the ageing debate
  • To encourage and strengthen dialogue between the generations.
  • The development of a GATE framework for good practice in active ageing learning programmes
  • To foster intercultural learning and facilitate intercultural dialogue

The subjects to be addressed are:

  • Active ageing
  • Generational equality and respect across all generations
  • Intergenerational solidarity
  • Age friendly environments for all generations and what this actually means for communities
  • Supporting lifelong learning in all partner regions
  • Support for those most vulnerable older people



The approach to achieve these objectives:

  • Systematic and structured discussions in project meeting at European level and in local meeting
  • Basis of the project and the discussions is the strong involvement of older learners and experts in the field
  • Internet based exchanges including skype conference calls
  • Engagement with key agencies dealing with older people and education
  • Partner presentations on their own work and issues that concern them
  • The involvement of older learners and younger people both in project meetings and in national workshops


Project team:


Project team in Austria:

  • Gertraud Dayé
  • Annemarie Tisch
  • Traude Rosenberger
  • Christine Benischke
  • Elisabeth Rostek
  • Manuela Hinterberger


  • GATE Newsletter in EN

  • GATE Guide for Active Ageing in EN
  • GATE Guide for Active Ageing in DE
  • GATE Guide for Active Ageing in IT
  • GATE Guide for Active Ageine in ES


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Kick-off meeting: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK: October 29 - November 1 2012

2nd meeting: Valencia, Spain: March 3 - 6 2013

3rd meeting: Trento, Italy: June 16 - 19 2013

bilaterales Meeting AT - IT: Roccalumera, Italy: October 27 - 30 2013

4th meeting: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK: January 13 - 16, 2014

5th meeting: Graz, AT: May 12 - 15, 2014

6th meeting: Roccalumera, Italy: June 23 - 26, 2014

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