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TACTICS - Lifelong Games
Start date: Oct 1, 2011,

Due to the demographic change today 40 percent of all European citizens are 55 years of age and older. In 2020, about 60 percent of all citizens will be 55 years and older. Thanks to medical progress, most seniors enjoy a longer, healthy and active life. But a considerable share of this age group is faced with handicaps. Most of them are cared for at home – looked after by laymen (family members, volunteers), who themselves are 50 years and older themselves.Especially in the case of decreasing mental abilities, these family members looking after their weak relatives, need support to handle the daily challenges (space for their own recreation, free time to manage necessary duties). Games support the intergenerational learning (especially in the family circle), and make visits from friends and volunteers much more enjoyable and offer by this means the necessary space for the caretakers – TACTICS offers enjoyable solutions for the care of the elderly in Europe.In addition, by offering games with low language requirements, TACTICS helps elder people to establish new contacts. For the family this means an additional stimulus for intergenerational communication. In care facilities the communication between the different cultures, the residents and the visiting volunteers is facilitated and the danger of social isolation is reduced.The European playing culture functions as low-threshold access to LLL. Existing skills – also those acquired informally – are further developed by playing.By collecting still known games (memories of childhood!) within various cultures, together with their cultural background, TACTICS contributes to the preservation and development of an historic treasure from different parts of Europe.The training of the lay-caretakers (family members, volunteers) within the frame of TACTICS empowers them to take care about the elderly for a longer period of time by reducing the risk of burnout.
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