“Senior Citizens’ Feasts” is a task that has been implemented in Katowice since 2017. The feasts were initiated by older citizens of Katowice who during public consultations reported the need to organize events where they could sing, dance, and make new friends. Considering the importance of emotional health, sense of belonging to a larger group, and prevention of depressive conditions (experienced by some older people experiencing loneliness), Katowice city authorities decided to implement the “Senior Citizens’ Feasts”.
The Katowice Senior Citizens’ Feasts include a series of thematic feasts/dance parties for older people, which include not only music and singalongs (featuring Silesian artists), but also a diverse group of invited guests, such as local journalists, cultural life animators, doctors, and/or children from local schools. The aim of this practice is to prevent social exclusion and promote activity and intergenerational integration.
The task executor, which is a non-governmental organization, is selected in an open tender and receives funding from the city budget for the project, which is free for participants. The feasts are held in the halls of the municipal community centers in different districts of the city to ensure accessibility for all city residents.
The project has been very well-received among Katowice’s older population. The number of applicants always exceeds the number of available places. In 2021, there were 7 feasts attended by 670 older people. This number is less than was seen in previous years due to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. By comparison, 18 feasts were held in 2019, attended by 2700 Katowice older people and in 2022, there is expected to be 10 feasts attended by approximately 1200 people.
Main target group: Older people in general
Other target group(s): Older people with chronic health conditions or disability
Sector(s): Education, Health, Housing, Information and communication, Labor, Long-term care, Social protection, Transportation, Urban development
Other sector(s): Prevention of mental health, prevention of depression, maintenance of social connections
Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships
- Ageing in place
- Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
Name: Małgorzata Moryń - Trzęsimiech
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