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Does the education of culture and art be necessary in life?

We should worry about the elderly not about others but about our problems after 20 years.

"My mom's been learning something lately..”
"What is it?"
"Hamonica! Harmonica"
"Harmonica?"

It was a surprise story. Sometimes, when I go to my parents' house, I can see thick pieces of music piled up in the corner of the kitchen and some cool harmonica. What do you learn? 

"I'm learning harmonica at the Senior Citizens' Community Center these days...But I didn't know that harmonica was so fun. If I'd known this, I'd have been working hard since I was a little young."
"I wish I could do anything hard...By the way, what kind of harmonica do you have?"

Several similar harmonica rolls around the house. On the surface, it seemed like a hobby to collect the harmonica that it is. 

"Don't say anything you don't know. Even though it's nothing, the sound and depth vary depending on the shape. There are 24 teachers in my class. 

His mother, who entered the "old man" where he can officially ride the subway over 65 this year, is even risking her life to Harmonica, which she learns at the Welfare Center for the Elderly. I'm afraid the harmonica will be ringing in the house for a while. 

There is a term called "different" depending on the proportion of people over the age of 65 in the total population. More than 7% are known as "Agging Society," 14% are "Aged Society," "Aged Society" or "post-aggregated Society" or "super-aged society." According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Wednesday, the number of elderly people aged 65 and older reached 1.23 million, accounting for 12.1 percent of the total population. More than 60,000 elderly people are expected to enter Seoul every year to become an aged society by 2019 and become a super-aged society by 2027. This is a figure that shows Korea as well as Seoul is getting older. 

What is an old man? In a dictionary sense, 'an old man of age'. As mentioned earlier, they are given the privilege of taking the subway for free and seeing the museum for free. However, the term "old man" has been continuously debated because of its negative meaning. In 1998, the Korea Society for Social Welfare selected the term 'adult' through public recruitment, and the term 'senior haeng haeng haenggu' was chosen as an alternative name for senior citizens' welfare centers. 

There is a subtle difference in tone as you move from middle age to old age. Separated by gender, such as "middle-aged men" and "middle-aged women," will be transformed into Zhuang's, where parts about "old age" such as "male old" and "women old age" are heavily emphasized. Moreover, from when did our society come to recognize the elderly as "we and others" or "we are not ordinary and familiar" beings, but as odd and strange" beings? It is necessary to understand the current state of culture and art required by the elderly at a time when they are entering an aged society beyond an aging society and analyze whether there are any problems. 

Active Senior connects culture satisfaction to life satisfaction

Those in their 60s and older enjoy cultural activities that are relatively less financially burdensome due to economic constraints. The participation rate in cultural and artistic clubs was the highest among other age groups (66.2%/35.4%), especially among leisure activities compared to other age groups (48.6%/full average 61.3%), and creative hobbies were the highest (44.6%/full average 37.0%). Their satisfaction level in life is the highest among other age groups (74.4 points/a total average of 71.3 points), showing the face of an active senior who is happily spending his twilight with cultural art."

An interesting survey of the current status of the elderly has recently been published. That's what the Seoul Citizens' Cultural Heritage Survey announced last December. The research is characterized by an age-based analysis of the characteristics of those who are deeply involved in cultural and artistic activities. Especially noteworthy is the deep analysis of the culture and art environment of people aged 60 and older. 

It was in 2006 that culture and art education for the elderly began. Previously, it was nothing more than a cultural policy for the elderly than an educational program conducted on a minimum level of welfare. Korea's senior citizens' policies were somewhat social welfare services based on income security policies such as the National Pension Service (1988) and the old age allowance (1991), and even this was hard to find programs specializing in culture programs. At the same time, the center only gave simple lessons in traditional culture and physical education, such as health gymnastics, singing classes and table tennis. 

Culture and art education for the elderly should be considered as a subject of action, not a manual process.

The time has come for us to think about education policies that involve education and welfare for the elderly, instead of the welfare-oriented ones that used to target the elderly in the past. Currently, the number of Koreans aged 65 and older amounts to 6.65 million. Twenty years from now, one in four people will be old by 2030. Shouldn't we approach culture and art education as an issue that deals with our future, not as an option for those who can afford.


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