According to participants, the most important activities that can help to reduce negative consequences of Covid-19 crisis for health and wellbeing, include socialising with friends and family, visiting public spaces (restaurants, museums, theatres, libraries) and sport and physical activities (outdoor and indoor) (see Figure 5). Among educational activities that might help reduce the negative consequences of Corona, the following activities were mentioned most often: learning how to build resilience and positive thinking in self-help groups; learning how to deal with negative emotions (fear, grief, loneliness) in self-help groups; sharing experiences of loss and grief in self-help groups.
Following an online course on resilience, positive thinking and emotional management, as well as sharing negative emotions online were found less effective, which is understandable after two years of restrictions on all other activities.
Figure 5. Activities needed to reduce negative consequences of Covid-19
Among the skills that senior citizens need to build in order to cope with the long-term consequences of Corona adult educators most often mentioned maintaining healthy lifestyle (healthy eating and physical activity); resilience, coping with stress and grief, and positive thinking, mindfulness, and meditation skills.For young adults, the most important skills, according to adult educators, are also resilience, coping with stress and grief, digital skills for online education and, quite surprisingly, active listening skills and providing support to peers (see Figure 6).
Figure 6. Skills needed for senior citizens and young adults to cope with negative consequences of COVID-19
Participants were also asked to evaluate the importance of various abilities, knowledge and skills for adult educators in helping adult learners suffering from long-term consequences of Corona. The following skills were mentioned as the most important (see Figure 7): digital skills for online education and communicating via social media; active listening skills and providing support to adult learners; ability to co-create new solutions and share them with adult learners; practical knowledge of psychological tools and steps needed to build resilience. Some participants also mentioned reflective skills: being aware of one’s own difficulties and needs.
Figure 7. Professional skills needed for adult educators to help adult learners suffering from negative consequences of COVID-19