Elderly Care by the Elderly (노노 케어)

To prevent social isolation of older persons, the Ministry of Health and Welfare promotes "Elderly-to-elderly Care", where older persons take care of other older persons with low levels of ADL (activities of daily living) or other types of disabilities, arranged through local senior clubs. Elders pay home visit to other elders with difficulties in mobility, and give emotional support and help with carrying out ADL. The visits are usually made three times a week.

Working as guides in national parks (은퇴노인 숲해설가)

From 2012 to 2013, with funding from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, private companies offered a training programme for older persons to become a guide for public forests and national parks. After acquiring the license issued by the Korea Forest Service, older persons could work as guides. Local senior clubs were the main link for older persons to these training and job opportunities.

Senior Barista (시니어 바리스타)

From 2010 to 2013, Korea Labor Force Development Institute for the Aged recruited interested older persons to receive barista training for 2 months and then work at the Silver Day Café located at the base floor of Dukyang Senior Welfare Center. Gwangsan Senior Welfare Center Community also opened a book café and silver café through a community cooperative composed of older adults using the center.

Sea Guardians (바다 사랑 지킴이)

Seven hundred older persons aged over 65 in 30 cities participated in the project in 2009, which was a collaboration among three governmental entities (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport; Korea Labor Force Development Institute for the Aged; and Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation). As coastal area cleaners, older persons collected garbage for four hours in the morning each day and received minimal wage. 

Local tour guide "Tour Talker" (투어토커)

Older persons (over 60) who have lived in a certain locality for a long time are hired as tour guides to give information on tourist spots, local restaurants, accommodations, etc, through both on-line and off-line services. The project was first undertaken in 2009 on a trial basis through collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Namhae County government with 16 elderly participants, and since then spread to other parts of the country. 


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