Supporting digital literacy and appropriation of ICT by older people. (Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan)

Summary and overall aim

Digital media and new technologies can support older persons’ wellbeing and enrich their every-day lives. However, seniors face a multitude of obstacles and hindrances when taking on these modern technologies. ACCESS provides socially embedded learning opportunities for older persons with low technical skills in order to enable them to get in touch with modern technology and find meaningful ways for its every-day use. ACCESS explores, implements and evaluates new modes for older persons of approaching the new digital worlds and to gain experiences and sustainable knowledge and skills. To achieve this, different settings of informal, non-formal, and formal learning will be examined and further developed in combination with different forms of learning (courses, senior-to-senior, negotiation spaces) as new learning opportunities. Besides, a stationary as well as a mobile demo kit of assistive technologies will be created, accompanied by a training concept for learning providers and organizations, who will integrate these objectives in their repertoire of learning opportunities in the field of digital literacy. ACCESS combines expertise from five participating countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan) and considers a range of nation-specific different social and political framework conditions. By cooperating with local practice partners, the project will examine diverse local circumstances and institutional structures supporting digital literacy of older people.

Project details

ACCESS participated in the third joint call on ‘Ageing and place in a digitalising world’.

Project duration and budget

Project duration: 36 months
Project costs: €892.445


  • University of Siegen, Germany.
  • Research Association for Gerontology, Germany.
  • University of Vienna, Austria.
  • University of Eastern Finland, Finland.
  • National Institutes on Health and Science of Ageing, Italy.
  • German Institute for Japanese studies, Japan.