Over 5,000 seniors enjoy Adeje activities
The Adeje council’s department for seniors has just released its annual report for 2017 detailing the activities throughout the year gone by and, according to councillor Cristina Fuente Carballo, “it has been a very positive year and we have dealt with over 5,000 people, many of whom have participated in one or more of the over 150 activities we have organised.
“The department is under the auspices of social welfare and attention to diversity and is concerned with the older Adeje population, working in two spheres – social and active, and in this way we can meet the needs of many people who have different levels of dependency too”.
During the year there were activities related to social harmony, physical activity, events dealing with loneliness, caring for one’s health, new technologies and its relevance for older persons, the position of older people in society and in the family, and many more.
Other projects saw people work to improve their quality of life with activities designed to ‘stimulate to prevent physical deterioration’, there were parties, folklore projects, cookery workshops, and many of the events took place in different parts of the borough.
Under the title ‘Active Seniors’ 2017 was a very busy year for the department – over 60 courses and workshops. They also welcomed 180 new senior citizen card holders adding to the 1,000 already signed up. However, “you don’t have to be a card-carrying senior citizen to take part in our events” assured the councillor.
The department, located in the Adeje Cultural Centre, is open to the public from 8am – 7.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 3pm to 7.30pm on Saturdays. There are classes in yoga, adapted gymnastics, information and IT courses, games, seasonal activities, excursions, walks, tours and trips, etc., organised all year around.
The department also works with individuals in need of special care and has offered home help in 130 cases during the year, offering a number of hours a week to individuals in need who may be house-bound. There are courses designed to help individuals with cognitive difficulties due to advancing years and there is a transport service on offer to help people attend doctor visits or deal with administrative matters.
There is also a telephone assistance service for those living alone.
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