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Mutual learning in Donegal, AER's most youth friendly European region

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An ENGAGED Mutual learning and practices for active and healthy ageing (AHA) workshop took place in Letterkenny, Ireland on Tuesday 21st October 2014. It was held in the context of the Assembly of European Regions' (AER) plenary meeting on "eHealth: independence and inclusion in the 21st century".

From among the over 80 attendees at the event, three working groups met to discuss active and healthy ageing in:

  • the community
  • the home, and
  • in the environment.

Inspired by the presence of young people from the Donegal Youth Council (Donegal was the winner of the AER's most youth-friendly European region special prize) the groups tackled notions of ageing at all ages and with a focus on inter-generational relationships.

Each working group discussed the three key issues of:

  • What are the three key challenges you face?
  • How are these challenges being dealt with?
  • Which practices are the most valuable to be shared and eventually transferred to other contexts?

The groups showed considerable interest in the sharing of good practices. It is anticipated that one outcome of the workshop should be a short report on the discussions and findings.