E-Seniors is a non-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 2005 by Monique EPSTEIN, the general manager of the association. E-Seniors aims at fighting e-exclusion by providing access to and training in ICT to seniors and/or disabled people. Its main objectives are:
• to bridge the digital gap between generations,
• to foster seniors’ social participation,
• to propose activities encouraging seniors to actively spend their free time.
Since its creation, E-Seniors has provided ICT courses for seniors in various public locations and the association is constantly opening new locations all over the Parisian region in order to provide a “proximity” service that takes into account the rhythm, interests and needs of its audience. The organization also aims at raising awareness among seniors about the importance of ICT solutions for their social inclusion and for cognitive training. E-Seniors also proposes interactive gaming activities in residences for the elderly, retirement homes and day-care centres. The association is aware of the challenges that seniors – healthy or dependent – need to face in their everyday lives and therefore it invests resources in developing new applications and services to promote independent living and physical and mental health.
The association is also involved in intergenerational activities bringing together disadvantaged groups, such as seniors, migrants and younger people with few opportunities, to promote social cohesion and solidarity.
Beside ICT classes and intergenerational workshops, E-Seniors proposes innovative actions to promote:
a) active retirement, such as entrepreneurial courses and social researchers’ curricula for seniors wishing to start a new professional life;
b) healthy ageing, such as organizing co-creation workshops for innovating adapted eHealth services for seniors.
Finally, E-Seniors relies on expert adult educators giving ICT classes to seniors at all levels and on an experienced team of project managers running and managing educational activities in the field of European lifelong projects.