13 Jul Arona makes it easier for people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's …
The mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, -who met today with the director of Business Area of CaixaBank in Tenerife West, Pilar Quiroga, and with the director of the CaixaBank office in Valle San Lorenzo, Silvia Felipe- explained that "lack of transportation can be a major obstacle to accessing a public service, an obstacle that we must remove, especially when dealing with the most vulnerable neighbors, the elderly or those who are not, but suffer from such serious diseases and more and more present in society. "
Facilitate care in specialized centers for people with diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, making a free transportation system available to these and their families. That is the main objective of a project launched by the Senior Area of the City of Arona that has funding of 10,000 euros from the Obra Social La Caixa.
At present, these centers, belonging to associations such as Parkinson Tenerife, Afate or Acufade, are located in other municipalities of the Southern Region, so the transfer to these becomes one of the main obstacles for those affected by this disease in Arona, especially if we take into account that the vast majority are elderly people, although not all, with little personal autonomy and who are in charge of other people, also elderly or in need of a service that allows them to have access to support and respite.
With this service adds a piece more to the projects that from the municipal areas of Seniors, which directs the Councilor Pura Martin and Social Services -whose head is the mayor Elena Cabello- have been launched in recent three years to give a comprehensive care to people of the municipality with advanced age and their caregivers.
Mena: "We must remove the obstacles to access public services"
Within this framework, there is the "Pequeños momentos" program, for the accompaniment of older people who find themselves in situations of loneliness in the municipality of Arona, such as "Cuida de ti", aimed at supporting those who care for dependents.
The mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, met today with the director of Business Area of CaixaBank in Tenerife West, Pilar Quiroga, and with the director of the office of this entity in Valle San Lorenzo, Silvia Felipe, to address new ways of collaboration and to thank for their collaboration.
Mena explained that "the lack of transportation can be a major obstacle to accessing a public service, an obstacle that we must remove, especially when it comes to our most vulnerable neighbors, elderly people, or who suffer from diseases such as these, each more and more present in our society due to the increase in life expectancy ".
The mayor added that "I believe that the quality of a society is measured in how it treats its most vulnerable members and that is why policies are so important to combat the loneliness of the elderly, to take care of their caregivers or to facilitate people with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's transport to specialized centers, projects that we have been implementing in these last three years ".
The director of the CaixaBank office in Valle San Lorenzo explained that "this is a project that the Social Services area presented to us, that we loved and that addresses a problem that increases with the increase in life expectancy of society , which, unfortunately, will go further and will require more resources. " "It is not only about the service that patients are going to receive directly, but about the respite that it supposes for their caregivers", added Silvia Felipe.
For its part, the councilor of the area of Social Services of the City of Arona, Elena Cabello, explained that "without any doubt, launch a comprehensive project of care for the elderly in the municipality, with real programs and concrete actions and that really address their main problems and challenges, has been a pillar of the action of the government group. "
"Older people have specific problems that, if we believe in a real policy oriented to them, have to be treated with seriousness and rigor, as we have done with loneliness or with attention to those who care for them," stressed the mayor .
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