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Smart Against Ageism (SAA)


About the project

Smart Against Ageism (SAA) is a gaming tool to raise knowledge against ageism. It will contribute to developing more empathy and tolerance with older adults.
Besides an interactive learning platform, we develop a compendium and a toolkit for trainers. Policy recommendations for a more inclusive society will complete the results. SAA will be made available for informal and non-formal learning free of charge.
SAA will contribute to restoring the image of older adults as full citizens with the potential to benefit their communities and remove the barriers to their social participation.
Our consortium joins Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Lithuania, Bulgaria and The Netherlands in a creative and engaged team working together from January 2022 to June 2024!

The SAA project’s brochure is available in different languages:


The context

Smart Against Ageism (SAA) aims to improve the image of older adults. They are full citizens who contribute to society and they deserve respect.

Negative stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination on the ground of age are known as “ageism”, which has been shown to cause cardiovascular stress, lowered levels of self-efficacy and decreased productivity and even make life on average 7,5 years shorter.

Across the EU, policies and practices still replicate ageist prejudices, and deprioritise, disregard, or even exclude older adults.

Our newest Erasmus+ project Smart Against Ageism (SAA) focuses on fighting ageism!


Project results and
other resources

Four project results will be elaborated in the project:

Compendium “Responding to Ageism”
The compendium will be based on personal experiences of being a target of age discrimination as well as strategies to cope with the situation. 

Interactive learning platform
The SAA interactive learning platform with the learning game at its core and further material for learners, adult educators, policy-makers in authorities and associations, and the broad public.

Toolkit for trainers
The toolkit for trainers with all necessary material to implement the game in workshops also enables members of seniors’ lobby groups to offer training.

Recommendations for policy-makers
Recommendations for policy-makers, lobby groups and associations to tackle the problems of ageism.

These together with other resources have been compiled in the resources section.



These are our latest news:
Meeting in Coimbra
The SAA project partners were together in Coimbra, Portugal 

A fruitful meeting followed by enriching sharing

Diagnosis: gerontophobia

Age discrimination discussed on Lithuanian TV weekly programme reveals discrimination in the labour …

Report of Lithuanian Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

In 2022 Lithuanian Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson received 21 complaints of possible…

The word idadismo was made official in Portugal

The word ‘idadismo’ was inserted into the Portuguese language dictionary.

The Dr. José Lourenço Júnior Foundation is an Associated Partner of the SAA project

SHINE 2Europe and the Dr. José Lourenço Júnior Foundation started their collaboration for the intern…

SAA game scenes presented in Germany

ISIS conducted the co-creation workshop with the group “wegbegleiter” from caritas Frankfurt.

SAA game co-creation workshop in Kaunas, Lithuania

On 22 February 2023, Seniors Initiatives Centre held a co-creation workshop to review the SAA game s…

German Study on Ageism 

The Federal German Anti-Discrimination Agency has published a study on Ageism.



The Smart Against Ageism (SAA) project involves seven partner organisations in six European countries:


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