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The Municipality of Faro continues to monitor and support the senior citizens of the municipality. The most recent project is a book of recreational activities related to the municipality and culture of Faro, prepared by the Support Office for the Elderly of the municipality.
In this new 30-page book, entitled “Atelier of Memory Activities for Seniors”, cognitive stimulation activities are proposed based on the monuments and culture of Faro, such as the Arco da Vila, the Festa da Pinha or the old professions. In addition to remembering the history of Faro, the elderly are also “challenged” to answer questions about the parishes in the municipality. This activity book thus allows an involvement in social and cultural life (even if at a distance), which is essential for an active and quality aging process.
This notebook has already been sent, by mail, to about 300 elderly people in the municipality, users of the Municipal Elderly Support Office, a local public service that has been operating since October 2012 and is intended for the specific care of elderly residents and/or their family members living in the municipality of Faro.
It is recalled that, due to the pandemic, the Municipality of Faro was forced to interrupt the “Faro Senior Program” and the various face-to-face activities it promoted among the elderly. However, the Elderly Support Office sought alternative responses to circumvent the fact that it cannot always be physically close to its seniors and thus help to solve each one’s problems.
During the period of confinement, the elderly who were previously related to the services on previous occasions and referred to food support or other types of support were contacted in all situations that justified it.
Teleassistance equipment was also installed and dozens of cards were awarded that allow medication to be obtained free of charge. The elderly who are more alone are also monitored weekly, by telephone, and the sending of games and activities to the home of these residents was started in order to remain intellectually active. With the various initiatives, the Elderly Support Office of the Municipality seeks to combat loneliness and encourage the promotion of a healthier life (physical and mental) among the older population in the municipality.