The plenary session of the Diputación de Granada, at the initiative of the VOX Provincial Group, has approved a motion with the 23 in favor of VOX, PSOE, PP and Citizens, and two abstentions of IU and Podemos, so that a collaboration protocol between the Provincial Council and the municipalities of Granada who want to be part of it, in order to carry out a provincial census of people over 65 years at risk of loneliness and social isolation according to the reports of community social services, as well as agree on an immediate strategy of action in cases of risk, and promote a line of participation and active integration, through the planning of accompanying programs and alternative activities adapted for the elderly.

The provincial deputy of VOX, Cristina Jiménez, has defended during the celebration of the plenary that “the Welfare State that our society enjoys today, has allowed the average life expectancy to be triggered in recent decades, in which, Incidentally, Spain is a world leader. This increase in life expectancy has also resulted in an increase in the population of the so-called group of the 'Third Age', a group that needs specialized attention, so that, for our elders, we can provide a few years of rest and enjoy, after a lifetime working. ”

Cristina Jiménez has insisted that “the most common discussion in any forum for political debate when dealing with the Third Age is that which concerns pension financing, which is not a minor issue, but which focuses so much on the political debate that Sometimes other issues are forgotten that have neither the scientific character of the increase in life expectancy, nor the technical nature of pension financing, but a more emotional character and that is a challenge for our society, such as loneliness and risk of social isolation of the elderly ”.

In addition, from VOX, they have pointed out that “the family network is the one that provides greater support to their elders, although the difficult family reconciliation with work makes it difficult for their elders to be treated as would be desirable. In parallel, as the years progress, the social network of friends is progressively breaking from the age of 65, and accentuated from the age of 80. The rupture of these ties leads to isolation and a feeling of loneliness that result in situations of depression, cognitive deterioration, loss of faculties such as mobility, malnutrition, or the increase or aggravation of pathologies in these people, which can lead to an early death. "

“It is a moral obligation of the administration and of the political representatives to take the necessary measures to avoid or alleviate the breaking of these emotional ties, before it is too late. To our knowledge, the first step would be to know which people may be immersed in this situation, and, for this, it is necessary to prepare a census of the elderly population at risk of social isolation ”.

The objective of this census would be to include information on whether said person lives alone or accompanied, if they have relatives close to them or if they lack them, of the possible risks of their home such as the use of bottles or living in blocks without an elevator, as well as other aspects, such as the risk of suffering from energy poverty or the ability to cover usual needs such as going to the doctor or making the purchase. Based on this report, risk groups would be established with which to carry out a strategy by social services, in order to have a better prevention, care and improvement of people's quality of life.

"The life, family and dignity of people are basic issues that structure the basic pillars of our society," said the provincial deputy of VOX.

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