A look at the elderly

Radars arrives in Barceloneta

The community project Radars, promoted by the Social Services of the City Council, has just been presented in Barceloneta with the aim of acting and trying to alleviate the effects of unwanted loneliness of the elderly in the neighbourhood and prevent risk situations. The coordination of Radares in Barceloneta is carried out through a neighbourhood network formed by neighbours, businesses, pharmacies, volunteers, associations, organizations and services that are attentive to the daily dynamics of the elderly people in their environment. Whenever they detect any important changes in their lives, they contact Radares. The neighbourhood health centres are also involved in this detection.

In Barceloneta, as in the rest of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods, the loneliness of the elderly is a real and obvious fact: 

  • More than one fifth of Barcelona’s population is over 65 years old.

  • Forty percent of people over 85 live alone.

 

Many of these people have become lonely and often fall into isolation. In addition, there are architectural barriers in many buildings in the neighbourhood, which increase the feeling of loneliness. Involvement of the neighbourhood community to combat loneliness Radares addresses this unwanted loneliness by involving the entire community to link these people to collective life, encouraging the relationship between the elderly who want to participate and volunteers from all age groups, through regular calls to establish a relationship of trust, joint outings to promote the relationship, making them participate in the activities and festivities held in the neighbourhood, and detecting through stores, pharmacies and also neighbourhood members, possible risk situations that the elderly may have.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

If you are an elderly person and:

  • Live alone or with another elderly person and feel lonely
  • Live with someone who is in a situation of dependency
  • Want to enrich your personal relationships

Call us at 932 915 884. 

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. Tuesday and Thursday also from 3 pm to 6.30 pm.

  • Write to us at: radarsgentgran@bcn.cat
  • Go to your Social Services Center and ask for information.
  • Ask for information at your Primary Care Center (CAP).

If you want to help the elderly in your neighbourhood

Be a radar, call 932 915 884 or write an email to: radarsgentgran@bcn.cat

You just have to be attentive to the dynamics of the elderly people close to you, with a sensitive and respectful look. If you detect any change in their behaviour or appearance or you think they are in a situation of loneliness, contact Radares.

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