SOME 1.9 million people aged over 65 live alone in Spain, a figure which has increased. That’s according to the latest Continuous Household Survey of the National Statistics Institute (INE).
Atenzia, Spain’s 24 hour tele-assistance service, have launched a campaign to help combat loneliness during the summer. They said the summer can be particularly lonely for the elderly as the
heat can weaken their physical state and increase their vulnerability. They are also affected by the loss of their social network as friends, relatives and caregivers go on holiday.
As a result, Atenzia has launched its summer campaign which includes advice and recommendations to help stay cool in the heat, avoid fraud and increase security and have organised workshops and activities to promote socialisation. Just last week Alicante hosted a security at home workshop in collaboration with the National Police with advice given to identify situations of risk and to know how to deal with them. This week in Zaragoza, a workshop includes guidelines to enhance memory and mathematical skills including games such as bingo which helps keep the brain alert, improves reaction time and visual memory.
The tele-care service also provides security and confidence to seniors who spend the summer alone and specialised monitoring will be done to help detect loneliness.