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LaterLife – Social Networking for Senior Citizens

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The project

Social networking websites are one of the most popular websites in the internet. In 2011, more than 180 million Europeans visited social networking sites, but only 1.3 % of the users were over 55 years old. This low participation of elderly is due to the fact that Facebook and Co. aren`t dedicated to the needs and preferences of older people and that most of them are lacking in appropriate skills in dealing with computers and the internet.

Enhancement of active participation of elderly in online communities and the delivery of appropriate learning resources was at centre stage of the LaterLife project. During the two-year cooperation with institutions in Finland, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Portugal a European Social Networking Website for elderly was developed, specifically designed to meet the needs of the target group. This was realized in close cooperation with older people’s groups, organisations and services in 6 European countries. The manual for elderly outlines step by step how to become a member of the “connect in LaterLife - website” and assist the process of learning basic social networking skills in an individual self directed way. Furthermore induction programmes were developed, addressing service provider and peer worker.

The “connect in LaterLife - website” was presented at events in all partner countries and has met positive feedback. Click here to visit and enjoy the English version of the website.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project partners
Meath Community, Rural & Social Development Partnership Ltd., Meath, Ireland (Coordinator)
University of the 3rd Age, Chrzanów, Poland
Grafex Joen Texsti Oy, Joensuu, Finland
Agenzia per la Formazione l´Orientamento il Lavoro Sud Milano, San Donato Milanese, Italy
Santa Casa de Misericordia de Santarem, Santarem, Portugal
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Stuttgart, Germany

Contact person
Marius Quade, Head of department Senior Education

EU-Funding Programme

Grundtvig – Multilateral Projects

Total Sum of Funding
383,000 €

Period of Funding

01.10.2009 - 31.12.2011

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.