You are Mobile - You are There!
Safety Training for Older People in Salzburg
the training courses on safety
[April 2010] Mobility is not only the precondition for
an active participation in life, it is above all the precondition for an
independent way of life. Mobility is – especially for the constantly
growing group of older people – closely connected with the offer and the
use of public transport. But uncertainties and fears concerning public
transport lead to avoidance, retreat and in the worst case to isolation
and the need for help. Loss of mobility therefore means a drastic
reduction of quality of life.
Safe mobility can be relearned – even or especially in
higher age. This is where the Salzburg training project “Mobil sein,
dabei sein – sicher mit dem Bus fahren!” for older people comes into
picture. The aim of this project which is carried out since 2004 is, to
gain back routine in stressful situations by empowering personal
resources, expanding skills and abilities, reduction of fears and to
train save behaviour, to restore mobility and the ability for self help
or to avoid restrictions in this domain. The training has been
especially adjusted to the requirements of older people. So it consists
of 2 units of 2 hours and is extended on 2 succeeding days. Along with
the training there is a safety-brochure which contains all the topics of
the training and defines safe behaviour in public transport. So the
participants don’t have to remember everything during the training. They
can unhurriedly refer to the main content of the Training at home.
The success of this training lies in the equal cooperation between the
NGO Zentrum für Generationen & Barrierefreiheit (ZGB ) and the StadtBus
Salzburg. In that way it is made sure that competences in requirements
of older people and mobility as well as know how in public transport is
included in the training.
During the Aeneas project time quarterly training sessions took place in
Salzburg. Personal feedback from trainees shows that the training is
very essential for keeping individual mobility up to old age.
Organiser and contact:
ZGB Zentrum für Generationen & Barrierefreiheit
0043 – 662 - 840281
0043 – 662 – 4480/6110