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The “Octo Plus” Group – Where 80+ Year-Olds Share Their Experience.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

At any one time we have 16 – 20 discussion groups running on subjects vital to our age group. The lastest is the “Octo Plus” group – where +80 year-olds share their experience. Other discussion groups handle subjects such as:  Family ties, News, Aging isn’t always easy, We’re all going to die, so what?  Live or die, How time shapes us, Surviving as a couple over the years, Living with one’s illness, Solitude, Hearing better, Europe…

DEVELOPED BY: Marie-Françoise Fuchs, Old’Up 

WEBSITE:  www.old-up.eu

STARTED:  2013

OBJECTIVES:

To face up to subjects not normally considered “popular”
To build our community
To foster strong links between our members
To favour members helping and supporting each other 
To call on the rich experience of our members 

TARGET POPULATION:

The “not so young but not so old” in the second phase of their retirement

BENEFITS/OUTCOMES:

Talking about our concerns and halving the burden.
Expanding our social contacts.
Deepening our relationships.
Seeing self in relation to others.
Helping each other.
Using the strengths of our members.


VOLUNTEERS: 15-20

PAID WORKERS: 0

HOURS PER MONTH:  40 (10 groups x 4 hours)


PROGRAM GUIDE:  No, we could provide notes if required

OTHER SUPPORT MATERIAL:  Provided by group leaders when available

COSTS/FUNDING: $0

TRAINING: 

We call on skills within the organization.

PROMOTION: 

Through the association's website, newsletter, discussion groups, meetings and the Paris city support network for associations.

POLICIES FOR REPLICATING:  Willingly share the experience


Please complete our online Program User Form if you are interested in trying out this program and need more information. You will be contacted shortly by a member of the Pass It On Network team after you submit the completed form.

 

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