YES contest was held in all the countries from November 15th, 2020 till February 15th, 2021.
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
Community Seniors Involved International invited everyone to participate in creating a society where people of different ages have the same opportunities to actively participate in social development.
We truly appreciate all participants’ hard work! Thank you!
🇮🇩 Dama.Nara – Home of Happiness
Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Dama.Nara is a project connecting youth and elderly through several activities based on local traditional activity combined with modern technology learning located in villages and also we do cultural exchange learning and preserving tradition within programs.
The project is connecting youth and elderly together to do the activity together, spending time also learning exchange from each other, build relation among each other and also sharing about agricultural, history and how to preserve it together between different generation.
From this project, we hope we can learn from each other and sharing experience together, and create happiness.
🇵🇹 Experience Exchange Between the Elderly and Young People
Supporting the elderly who live alone in the countryside is needed and urgent.
It is possible to involve the youth in this project by promoting an experience exchange between these two groups in our society. Both can learn a lot from each other.
Young people know all about computers, the internet, Facebook and need to find an occupation in their free time. Older people, whose relatives live far away in big cities or abroad, need someone to keep them company.
While the youth teach the elderly how to use these modern tools like computers and the internet, for instance, so that they can communicate with their loved ones, young people get to know more about their local history, traditions, and habits.
🇺🇿 Just Dance Party
Just Dance is a rhythm series developed and published by Ubisoft. We suggest joining seniors and youth into mixed-age teams to compete for the best performance. Music should be selected with an equal number of hits from the 70s and 80s and modern ones (appropriate to the age and physical strength of seniors). This event will be a fun time spent together by different age groups, with different skills and interests.
🇺🇿 Handicrafts Festival
Uzbekistan and its people are famous for handicrafts (Carpet Weaving, Wood Carving, Wood Carving, Uzbek Dolls, Copper Embossing, Embroidery, Jewelry). The skill is being transferred from generation to generation. It is natural that sometimes this tradition/chain can be lost due to some reasons. In order to remind young people about our traditions & handicrafts, and find some promising apprentices we can organize a Handicrafts Festival or Handicrafts training.
🇺🇿 Board Games Contest
Organize board games contests between seniors and youth in the park, seniors centre, etc. It can be chess, checkers (draughts), domino, bingo, etc. It is good for socializing, brain activity, fun, etc.
🇺🇿 Garden Party
Garden Party or Tea Party – invite seniors and youth for socializing and sharing life experience/stories. It can be organized in a local park or another similar and suitable area. Set up tables and chairs, stroll through the garden and enjoy the beauty you may have right in your own backyard/local park.
It can be kept a simple event or go to great lengths with decorations and entertainment. Different generations would enjoy hearing what it was like growing up 70 to 80 years ago, share real-life experience and give advice and tips.
🇺🇿 Guess the Music Contest
Get seniors and youth together. Play old music that most people know (hits from the past) and play a few seconds of it. Group people so that different ages/skill levels are in each team. The team that guesses the most number of songs correctly wins! A similar activity can be organized by showing a short scene/picture from old movies.
🇺🇿 Traditional Games Workshop
Our parents and grandparents had many traditional games in their childhood. They spent most of the time with their peers outside, playing these games. Nowadays, we, the younger generation prefer e-games, we meet our peers online.
In order to show young people how their parents and grandparents spent lovely, active, face-to-face, amazing time playing traditional games, we suggest organizing Traditional Games Workshop. During the workshop, our parents and grandparents will show us what games they played in childhood, explain the rules, etc. Young people will try to follow them. The best players from the youth team can try to compete with the Seniors team.
🇺🇿 Intergenerational Dance Contest
In our culture we have many national traditional dances. You may still see them in the countryside, at traditional events (weddings, etc.). But mostly they are fading out from our memory, from a new generation, that is youth. Hence, the idea of the project is:
- The older generation, seniors, will show master class/workshop to young people about traditional dances of our culture. This activity is good for youth to remember their past, traditions, and cultural heritage.
- Young people are also fond of dances & music, but they tend to choose a new modern type and style which involves many actions, body movements, physical activity. Young people will show some dances/moves to seniors (appropriate to their age and physical strength). These dances will energize seniors, add some physical activity to their life, etc.
This event will show that both seniors and youth can exchange something from their own experience.
🇺🇿 A Walk to Remember
Young people choose seniors (old school/college/university teacher, grandparents or other relatives, neighbours, etc.). When the pairs are formed they go for a Nordic Walking:
- around the old parts of the city. Seniors share their memories, stories about the sites, etc.
- in the parks, out of the city, etc. Seniors share their life experience with youth and give valuable advice for the future.
Any scenario is a good physical exercise suitable for both generations, all genders or physical condition. It is also good for mental well-being.
🇱🇹 Connecting Through Art
As a granddaughter of my lovely respectful-aged seniors, I can see the issues that they face: lack of communication, closed-minded, lagging behind the development in society (technology, policy, social-political topics, etc). My idea to solve these issues is by paint activity.
We would need to gather people of all ages in a place, give them tools that would be needed and the various topics. In that way, seniors will be heard, they will learn new things, they will understand other generations more and it would be pretty entertaining for all-aged people. Before painting, hosts will provide participants with information, could be verbal or visual, then everyone will paint how they feel or think about information that was given. When everyone is done, one by one will summarize what they painted and everyone else could interrupt to commentate on it if needed.
Also, everyone could share their experiences of that topic too and I think, that it could be a good way to connect and to include new perspectives and experiences in elderlies lives
🇱🇹 Letters for Seniors
Description of The Idea/Initiative: The goal is to encourage people to reach out to an elder who inspires them, whether it’s in their community, their family, or a stranger. February 26 is a Letter to an Elder Day, so I was wondering if maybe it is possible to organise such activity with the elderly houses, that in February youth from around Lithuania can send handwritten letters to an elderly house.