Lonely older people are invited to join support groups
Tartu Linnavalitsuse pressiteade
1 December / A project aimed at improving the well-being of lonely elderly people will be launched in Tartu.
‘A significant number of Tartu’s older residents live alone and have few social contacts. During the course of the project, they will be given the opportunity to participate in support groups,’ said Mihkel Lees, Deputy Mayor of Tartu.
The first support group in the project ‘Program for the Involvement of the Elderly Left Alone in Tartu’ “Together Against Loneliness’” started on 30 November. The support groups are being led and advised by psychologist Arma Vahtra.
Individuals who are 60 and older are invited to join the project. The project creates opportunities for communicating, participating in support groups, receiving counselling, moving about outside of the home and other opportunities for elderly people who are alone. According to Senta Michelson, Head of the Tartu Chamber of Disabled People, older people need more attention, even if the need for help is not yet great. ‘If we are able to involve people at the right time, they will have fewer worries about life in the future and will be able to adapt more easily to changes in society.’
To join the project’s activities and support groups, contact the Tartu Chamber of Disabled People, by phone at 736-6762 or the welfare service of the Tartu LV Social and Health Care Department, by phone at 736-1305 or 736-1306.
The total cost of the project is EUR 160,000, including support of EUR 120,000 from the European Union European Social Fund and the City of Tartu’s own contribution of EUR 40,000. The project period is 01.08.2021-31.07.2023.
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