| 24 volunteers have invested more than 120 hours of telephone listening in alleviating the situation of loneliness of older people thanks to the coordination with the Department of Services Of the City of Cartagena | As a consequence of the situation generated by COVID-19, the FADE Foundation has attended 41 people in coordination with the Cartagena City Council, through the Tele-companionship Program that the Department of Social Services has launched to alleviate the loneliness of older people in this time of confinement. Specifically, a total of 24 volunteers have invested more than 120 hours in accompanying some of the more than 8,300 people over 65 who live alone in this municipality, according to reports from the consistory's Social Services area.
Thanks to them, they have received a periodic call from the FADE Foundation volunteers who have spoken with them several times a week to alleviate the months of confinement.
However, even some of them, such as those shown in images, given the good harmony generated between them, have made the leap to the classroom setting. This initiative has been carried out in coordination with the Department of Social Services of the Cartagena City Council, which has prepared all the protocols and measures to carry out these actions under security measures. In this sense, it should not be forgotten that 23% of those over 65 in Cartagena live alone and 34% in the company of another older person, according to data from the diagnosis made on the situation of the elderly in Cartagena, framed in the project "Cartagena, Friendly City with the Elderly". This study indicates that people from Cartagena with more than 60 years of age exceed 48,500 and exceed 22% of the population.
In other words, one in five Cartagena residents is over 60 years old.
In Cartagena there are 36,256 people over the age of 65, representing 16% of the population. This activity is part of the SECUNDA Senior project of social health volunteering with elderly, sick and / or dependent people, and with their families with the aim of giving emotional support through conversation, reading and recreational activities, avoiding unwanted loneliness and the negative impact on mood that this situation entails. In addition, throughout 2019 we have offered hospitalized patients and the relatives in their care at the Santa Lucía Hospital with the aim of improving their quality of life and dramatizing the impact of disease and hospitalization through various recreational activities, of crafts, musicals, etc.
In this way, the Fundación FADE has supported 440 minors, 400 oncohematological patients and 745 hospitalized patients, thanks to the work of 192 volunteers who have dedicated 2,109 hours of care to these groups.