Joint teaching 2018

Seminar content : Age-friendly cities/(environment)

“A key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our world more age-friendly. An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. And it helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.” (

Seminar goal

Student learn how older persons view their physical and social environment in the neigbourhood and reflect on it from the ‘age-friendly’ theoretical framework.

Seminar activities:
1. Students invite an older person to have a walk in their own community.
2. Students ask permission after explaining the seminar objectives and what ‘age-friendly environment’ means.
3. Students record what is said before, during and after the walk and gather visual material (pictures, video).
4. Students share stories, and reflect together on age-friendly cities
5. Students prepare an English presentation of about ’15 minutes and present it to their colleague students in other European gerontology programmes. Each presentation is followed by ’15 mins of questions and interaction.

Points of attention:
• It is important that the older person guides the student. He or she chooses what is important. They introduce the student in their surroundings, how they experience their social and physical environment.
• Positive and negative experiences can come forward: opportunities as well as constraints associated with urban (or rural?) aging.
• The video conferencing professional software (skype business). Audio setup includes an individual microphone

Participating institutions:
- Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (NL)
- Fontys University of Applied Sciences (NL)
- Odisee University College (BE)
- Mälardalen University (SE)
- Seinäjoki University of applied sciences (FI)
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
- …


- a real-time joint session via video conferencing in june 2018
- 15 min presentations, made available and shared after the seminar.

Examination procedure:

To be determined by all respective participating institutions.

Want to join us?

Let us know by email or via the mailing list : CWEG@LS.KULEUVEN.BE