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VOLUME 4, NUMBER 1-2, 2001

Personal intergenerational companionship with old people
Jože Ramovš

This article presents the basic features of the programme "personal intergenerational companionship with lonely old people" that was concieved and developed as a part of the local network of intergenerational programmes for quality ageing two years ago at the Anton Trstenjak institute. The author outlines several areas of the programme: its content, its importance for human and social needs, methodology of its implementation, training of volunteers, organisational features, research and practical cognitions. The interpersonal companionship proved to be very adequate preventive programme against loneliness among old people and also for binding different generations and for preparing middle-aged people on quality ageing.

Key words: old age, loneliness, intergenerational companionship, social network, volunteering

Analysis of the conversations with old people conducted as part of the education for personal companionship

It this article the findings of author’s research study on personal companionship with lonely old people are presented. The author analyzed 187 conversations conducted by young generation of volunteers working with elderly people. She reached two major conclusions. Firstly, that the companionship satisfies the needs of elderly people as well as the needs of companions. Secondly, that the quality of companionship depends mostly on social permeability of behaviour of old people in relation to other people. By using this factor, the author established the difference between vital and seemingly vital old people.

Key words: old people, companionship, volunteers, loneliness, vital old people, seemingly vital old people

The augmentative communication after the stroke and other disorders of speech and language in the old age

The article discuses the differences and connections of the verbal, nonverbal, augmentative,

supporting and/or alternative communication. It describes different systems of augmentative communication and feasibility of use of these system by adults disabled in the field of speech because of stroke, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease...

Key words: communication, speech, augmentative communication, communication instrument, communication system

Forms of dementia in the old age

The author presents the most frequent forms of dementia in the old age. The most frequent are

Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia. Can we today cure some forms of dementia?

Key words:dementia, old people

The experiences and cognitions of one year companionship with two older women

No abstract available.

Physical exercises for better quality of old age

No abstract available.


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