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Active ageing and Heritage in Adult learning
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Active ageing and Heritage in Adult learning (AHA) project addresses older adults learning and development needs. Through the work with reminiscence the project aims at improving the quality of life and well being for people with memory problems, usually with dementia. The project will create a methodology with guidelines for how this kind of work can be carried out in a heritage setting. It will also carefully evaluate the outcomes of such activities. In addition to this AHA will also give attention to the needs of relatives and create a short course that will teach them methods of working with reminiscence at home. A similar course will also be created for staff at care homes. This will enable more people to participate in these kinds of activities. The use of heritage in this is particularly beneficial since you can build on the individual's personal memories, skills and experiences. The partners in this project are five open air museums in Europe and three Universities (two of them as part of the museum team). The museums all have previous experience of working with reminiscence for people with dementia, but believe that the quality can be greatly improved and new and innovative ways of working can be found through the cooperation. While some of the museums (Den Gamle By, Denmark, Beamish, UK, Jamtli, Sweden) have worked for several years on this and feel the need of renewal and new input other museums (Maihaugen, Norway and Szentendre Skanzen, Hungary) have recently started their activities and need the experience of the others while they have new and exciting ideas. The partner Universities (Newcastle University, Aarhus University and Linnaeus University) all work on the connection between heritage and health. Their role in the project is to facilitate a proper evaluation - since no larger scale evaluation of these kinds of activities has previously been made.
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