MORE: Meaningful Occupation after Retirement for activE and healthy ageing

Duration: 1/12/2017 - 30/11/2019 --> 24 months


         Social Security Institution Ankara (Turkey)

         TURYAK - research organization on solutions to the problems of the elderly (Turkey)

         Ankara University Centre on Ageing Studies Implementation and Research (Turkey)

         SINCANHEM - public education centre in Ankara (Turkey)

         Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) of Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

         National Foundation for the Elderly (Pays Bas)



The average life expectancy increases, thus people spend a relatively high percentage of adult life in retirement. According to the Ageing Report in 2015 it means 43% for men and 48% for women in Turkey. The rates respectively are 34%, 38% in France and 28%, 32% in Germany and in the Netherlands. 

The high statistics show that this period is too long to be wasted. As retirees are earning less than in working life, are becoming distant to technologic development and are considered by negative stereotypes asrelatively less capable to learn,they risk to turn into a disadvantaged group.

Consequently, they need help to improve and extend their skills and competences with supply of high quality learning opportunities. The project creates a"Life-Long Learning Training Module" as main output which is accessible for the retirees. Hence, this module is tailored to the needs of individual low-skilled or low-qualified adults.

The project also has a social inclusion aspect. With a smaller budget than in working life, they can hardly find opportunities to enjoy social life and hobbies or to do sports. Instead, they tend to stay at home isolated. This project gives retireesthe opportunity to experience such activities and further explore their personal interests. With the help of the project MORE, they will understand that life is not over after retirement and that there is MORE to do.MORE fosters social inclusion, which is a European and governmental priority.



1) Guidance & Orientation module:

- Social, cultural, psychological and economic dimensions of retirement

- Self-awareness, coping with adaptation of the retirement and managing stress, expressing feelings, maintaining social interaction and interpersonal relationships

- Collective participation: Informing/Awareness-raising about the activities that can be attended in the living environment

- Activities about assessing leisure time and gain hobbies (i.e. art,chess, sculpture, cooking course, theatre, chorus, dance etc.)

- Encouraging participation in voluntary activities (i.e. animal shelter visit, theme foundation visit, etc.)

- Intergenerational solidarity activities: Meeting young people and carrying out joint activities

2) Healthy Ageing module:

- Adoption of healthy living culture: life cycle approach

- Healthy diet

- Physical activity (aerobic, bicycle, pilates,..etc.)

- Informing/Awareness-raising about common diseases that have seen in old age (Brain Health and Dementia, Heart and vascular diseases, arthrosis diseases, diabetes)

- Health literacy

- Awareness-rising on rational drug use

3) Rights and Laws module:

- Social Insurance Rights

- Health Insurance Rights

- General Information on Access to governmental operations

4) Language module:

This language module enables participants to get A1 certificate. The Module consists of three course topics: reading-writing, listening and speaking.

5) Introduction to the ICTs module:

- Basic MS Office programs (paint, Word etc.)

- Internet usage and social media tools

- Usage of smart tools (Applications)

- Introduction to the e-operations (e-state, paying bills, online tickets, e-shopping etc)

- Basics of making a video and taking photographs via electronical tools.