Estonian member NGO 65b

TALLIN ESTONIA

full name of the association: NGO 65b

the chairman´s name: Tiina Tambaum, member of EURAG since 2013

contact details: riina.enke@65b.ee klassivanem@65b.ee

number of members organisations and individuals: 20

date of official creation: 15.09.2015

main objectives of the organisation:

Surely the teachers  told us already in the fifth grade that one learns throughout life. True! But does society expect people to evolve all their life? We are rather used to the fact that the only function for older people is to remain hale and hearty. It is time to set the goal for the second half of life higher than just maintaining and restoring one’s health. Society is developing at rapid speed so when one does not keep up with life one becomes a stranger to others. New skills and discovering new things brings pleasure for everyone regardless of age. The network 65.B will be established to spread the understanding about elderly as developing people in the society, and to offer ideas and know-how in order to promote the development of elderly. The originators of these activities are the memory trainers for elderly, who were trained in 2014 and 2015. However, memory training is only one part of the network’s job. We share the know-how about the benefits of learning, and changes in learning during normal aging process, mediate best practices of good community work in the world and Estonia. We are ready to teach you how to organize intergenerational cooperation which would be beneficial for both young and old, and how to involve older men in the activities of community development.
The name refers to a class at school, as in a class pupils have their place and role, regardless of the diligence, talent, health or background.

Used ways and means to influence ageing policies and to improve the living situation of older persons:
The members include the advisory council for the minister – committee of the policy for elderly, also member of social committee in Riigikogu (Parliament)

The burning problems of older persons in your country (for example in the domains of legislation, housing, health care, pensions, employment, transportation, discrimination, participation in society, etc). In Estonia it is an obligation of the offspring to look after their parents, and there is no state support in case a person requires around the clock care. Estonian state pension is small and it affects above all the quality of life of older people living alone. The number of years Estonians live healthy are among the lowest in Europe.

Tiina TAMBAUM – Estonia, Tallin 2015