Challenges for the people 50+

Population aging represents for European Union one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, which will irreversibly affect all spheres of society. According to GREEN PAPER ON AGEING in the last five decades, life expectancy at birth has increased by about 10 years for both men and women. Modernisation of different services, integration into the digital world, promotion of social involvement are also timely and urging in the field active ageing. As a result of demographic changes in the 21st century, new needs and demands have appeared, to which it is necessary to react. The role of activity was redefined and quality life has also become important even at an older age. For the sake of successful aging, it is important to maintain a meaningful working activity, physical and mental activity, to maintain and nurture social interactions. However, the pandemic has recently established unprecedented, unexpected situations and caused a drastic change of lifestyle. It brought about even more challenges for the people 50+.

Important role of peer-mentors

It is necessary to specialize services, elderly people need an age-friendly approach in counselling, education services and working life, but they have more open access to their peers. Based on the needs analysis implemented in the partner countries, peer-mentors can have an extremely important role in the facilitation of active aging, in the process of life-long learning, in the promotion of maintaining employment and in the nurturing of social relationships. Although these people experience similar life situations, still, they have a stronger coping strategy, or even professional experience, thereby they set an example, inspire, and even help other people to live a meaningful and active life.

Main project's objectives

Through participation in the Peer Mentor Training based on international experience can peer-mentors enhance their skills and to transfer their experiences in a way that is suitable for the people 50+, taking into consideration the expectations of the 21st century, by using proper methods and techniques.

Main objectives of the project are:

  • to contribute to the professionalization of partner organisations, increase the knowledge and develop professional and digital competencies of experts,
  • developing competences of peer mentors for people 50+ in line with the requirements of the 21st century by means of innovative solutions and digital technologies,
  • to support employment, lifelong learning of people 50+, but also others socially beneficial activities, achieving the longest possible independence and quality in life by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, through peer-mentoring services,
  • developing skills and competences needed for people 50+ for a decent, active and sustainable life in the 21st century through flexible blended-learning based on modern peer mentoring activities,
  • promoting and developing international cooperation of organisations providing social, counselling, mentoring and educational services for adults and establishing partner networks.

Target group

The direct target group of the project include experts, people 50+ with professional knowledge, working experiences and competences, who are sufficiently enthusiastic, confident, motivated and interested in becoming a peer mentor, but also mentees – people 50+, who are interested in receiving help from more experienced peers in various fields.


The project will involve 6 partner institutions, operating in the field of counselling and mentoring services, adult education, research and digital skills development from six countries – Germany, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria and Poland.