Details for: Conversation Cafe for Older Citizens of Görlitz


Country Germany
ProjectnameConversation Cafe for Older Citizens of Görlitz
Projectname (nationale language)Erzählcafé für ältere Bürgerinnen und Bürger von Görlitz
Link to projectLink to project
  • Local health authority Görlitz
Link to organisationLink to organisation
Type of organisationpublic
Project managerDr. Bernhard Wachtarz
Relevance of the modelInnovative project on health promotion for older people
  • Younger and older people
  • Local community
Funded by
  • Health insurances
  • Local Businesses
Short summaryThe conversation cafe was a project initiated by students of the university Zittau / Görlitz in cooperation with the local health authority Görlitz. The conversation cafe is a regular meeting point for older people where they can discuss various issues from the past or every day life. These meetings are very biography-related and often lead to an examination of long forgotten incidents. The dialogue between young and old creates an atmosphere of mutual learning and understanding.
Main objectives
  • Biographical work
  • Reduction of mental tensions and burdens
  • Preserving mental fitness
  • Making new social contacts
  • Harmonisation of the generations
Main activities
  • Regular meetings of older citizens of Görlitz with university students. 
Description of evaluationRegular interviews and documentation by the students.
Main results
  • will be added soon
Contact nameDr. Bernhard Wachtarz
Contact telephone+49 3581 672324
Contact fax+49 3581 672323
Promoting mental health
  • depression
  • emotional support
Social participation and inclusion
  • social support, networks
More information on inclusion criteria
2. EvaluationPlease see above.
3. Multi-faceted, holistic 
4. SustainabilitySince 2004 it is a regular offer by the local health authority.
5. Voice of older peopleThe participants are involved in arranging the time schedule, the acquisition of new members and the planning of the contents and topics.
6. Model involves visible and invisible target groupsThe programme is especially addressed to old-aged, isolated people and people suffering from mental problems.
7. Diversity 
8. Geographical and physical accessibilityThe project is easy accessible because it takes place in a local facility in Görlitz.
9. Well-grounded theoretical approachThe project is easy accessible because it takes place in a local facility in Görlitz. 
10. Gender sensitivity 
11. Cost effectiveness 
12. EmpowermentThe biographical work helps to reduce mental tensions and to stabilise the identity.
13. TransferabilityThe project is transferable to other insitutions and communities.
14. Consumer satisfaction 
15. Public recognition/awardIn 2005 the project was an applicant of the German Prevention Award.
16. Innovative strategy 


Background Information on Database

The aim of the second phase of the healthPROelderly project was to collect models of good practice in the area of health promotion for older people. One of the main activities in this project phase was to elicit criteria by which to choose such models in each of the participating countries. The exclusion criteria and inclusion criteria were elicited by all project partners on the basis of the literature overview of health promotion for older people carried out in the first project phase. Project partners searched for models in their countries by: 1) using the literature databases they had compiled; 2) by using health promotion databases and other information available on internet and 3) by consulting their national boards and other experts.

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