Smart aging and digital aging projects win state competition

Wittstock. The projects “Smart Aging” and “Digital in Old Age” from Ostprignitz-Ruppin are among the prize winners at the premiere of the competition “Strengthening the digital aptitude of older people in the state of Brandenburg”.

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This was done by the Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the specialized department for health goals in the state of Brandenburg and under the patronage of the Berlin-Brandenburg Health Association.

A jury recently selected the winners in Potsdam. Ten of the 38 requests prevailed. This comes with a cash prize of 400 euros and a certificate. Social Affairs Minister Ursula Nonnemacher (Greens) and State Senior Citizens Commissioner Norman Asmus honored the winners.

Two Ostprignitz-Ruppin projects win the state competition “Strengthening the digital aptitude of the elderly”

From October 2020 to September 2022, the “Smart Aging” project familiarized older people in Heiligengrabe and Wittstock with digital media. Behind this was an initiative of the two municipalities of Heiligengrabe and Wittstock, the Estaruppin Association and the Prignitz-Ruppin People’s Solidarity. “We weren’t expecting the prize,” says Annette Hojczyk, an employee of the project.

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Christiane Schulz (from left), Lissy Boost, Deniz Öz, Annette Hojczyk and Adelheid Borrmann kicked off the project

Christiane Schulz (from left), Lissy Boost, Deniz Öz, Annette Hojczyk and Adelheid Borrmann launched the “Smart Aging” project.

In the “Digital in Age” project, sponsored by Volkssolidarität (VS) Prignitz-Ruppin, four full-time volunteer digital guides train older people, especially in the use of smartphones. This project has been underway since March of this year and will end on December 15. Seniors in the municipalities of Kyritz, Neuruppin and Rheinsberg take advantage of these offers.

Ostprignitz-Ruppin projects “Smart Aging” and “Digital in Old Age” win in the state competition “Strengthening the digital aptitude of the elderly”

“People are appreciative of this training,” says Lissy Boost, VS project and social manager at Wittstock. “For the teams on both projects, the awards are recognition and a public relations asset,” she says. Employees of both the “Smart Aging” and “Digital Aging” projects worked closely together. The interface for this was Volkssolidarität as sponsor in both projects.

Lissy Boost explains how to use which apps.

Lissy Boost explains how to use which apps.

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The competition “Strengthening the digital aptitude of the elderly in the state of Brandenburg” recognized numerous initiatives and offers to train the digital skills of the elderly. “Projects from rural areas in particular have now been awarded, so that our ideas can also be seen in the field,” says Lissy Boost.

The state competition “Strengthening the digital aptitude of the elderly” also contributes to digital participation in Ostprignitz-Ruppin

“People who use digital media have more and more opportunities to organize their daily lives independently. This also applies to older people, who are often less familiar with the use of smartphones or the Internet,” said Ursula Nonnemacher in the event.

“Aging Cleverly” team: Adelheid Borrmann (from left), Deniz Öz, Annette Hojczyk and Lisa Ostwald.  Events related to the topic of digital media were also held at the Catharina-Dänicke-Haus in Wittstock.

“Aging Cleverly” team: Adelheid Borrmann (from left), Deniz Öz, Annette Hojczyk and Lisa Ostwald. Events related to the topic of digital media were also held at the Catharina-Dänicke-Haus in Wittstock.

For state representative on seniors Norman Asmus, one thing is certain: “We’ve entered new territory with competition and we’ve hit the mark. Many initiatives have now been launched to help seniors deal with with this technology and the possible applications in everyday life.”This is increasingly important for the participation of older people in society,” said Norman Asmus.

“Clever Altern” mainly used its contacts with local mayors and local history associations for its offers. “Village clubs opened the doors for us. This was the only way to establish the courses,” says Annette Hojczyk.

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Volunteer digital ambassadors were an important component. With the courses offered, a bridge between the digital and analog world was built for the elderly. After attending the course, visitors can deepen their knowledge at the digital regulars table.

Take away the fear of digital technology from older people: Adelheid Borrmann (left), Annette Hojczyk (right) and Lisa Ostwald.

Take away the fear of digital technology from older people: Adelheid Borrmann (left), Annette Hojczyk (right) and Lisa Ostwald.

The “Smart Aging” project in Wittstock and Heiligengrabe ended in September, the new “Smart Aging” project will run until autumn 2027

However, “intelligent aging” does not disappear from the scene. The new project “Clever im Alter” started smoothly on October 1 and will be financed until autumn 2027. The target group is now people over 60 years of age who are preparing for the transition from working life to retirement.

In addition to Wittstock and Heiligengrabe, the city of Kyritz and the district of Temnitz also benefit from the offers in “Clever im Alter” for the first time. The focus remains on the digital and social participation of older people.

Added to this are the issues of community participation and economic security in old age. Annette Hojczyk is now also using her “Smart Aging” expertise in “Clever im Alter”. “Now we have the opportunity to establish a long-term project idea,” says Annette Hojczyk.

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