The ageism concept is related to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Essentially, influences how we think, feel and act towards others or oneself based on age. Structural ageism is a form of systematic stereotyping and discrimination and can be defined as a way in which society and its institutions sustain ageist attitudes. It can be found, among others, in the legal system, the media and the economy, but also in the Third Sector. Ageism causes a massive impact in the society, influencing how we view ourselves and the possibility of considering what other persons (younger or older) can contribute to the society. This type of discrimination can impact population health, longevity and well-being while also having far-reaching economic consequences.
Smart Against Ageism (SAA) aims to contribute to a better social inclusion of older adults whose risks to suffer from functional restrictions, chronic diseases, and disability increase with increasing age; by doing so, we intend to contribute to restore their image as full citizens and see our communities’ benefit from their potential as we remove the barriers to their social participation.
An interactive learning platform, a high-quality learning game and accompanying material will be made available for informal and non-formal learning free of charge. Besides the broad public, the project explicitly addresses persons engaged in social and healthcare organisations who are essential contacts for older people but also not free of stereotypes.
The educational game will be designed according to the approach of lifelong learning in adult education. The game will introduce the users to the perspectives of people concerned by or at risk of discrimination and segregation, and will thus contribute to developing empathy, tolerance of diversity and civil society skills.
The SAA educational game will be oriented at the needs of volunteers, formal and informal carers, assistants, staff with diverse professional backgrounds (janitors, social workers etc.) and family members of older adults. Also, learners with low qualifications will be given the opportunity to work on topics and contents independently.
The SAA educational game and accompanying material will be available at the interactive learning platform. This tool will offer different types of users learning material and information. The player will be able to move independently within the different sections, obtain background information and gain experience from the perspective of persons who are discriminated against.