Monday, October 25

A study on the elderly in San Vicente seeks to improve their quality of life

The brand new councilor Noelia Hernán, has been released in the position as head of the area of ​​the Mayor’s Council, in the presentation of the results of this study prepared by the sociologist Johanna González, in charge of its preparation.

For this, seven months of work have been necessary in which it has focused on people over 60 years of age, both residents of the municipality and those linked to the Municipal Centers for the Elderly and the associations of the elderly.

Mayor, Jesus Villar, who held the leadership of this council in the previous term, highlights that it is a very necessary report in the municipality. San Vicente currently has more than 10,000 people who are over 65 years of age. “This report is of great help to know their needs and they can continue to be helped”, highlights the first mayor.

Jesús Villar recalled the recent situations of uncertainty and suffering that the group has experienced. “Our elders have lived through very difficult times with the covid-19 crisis, therefore, from the City Council we will work to continue improving their quality of life.”

The person in charge of the council, Noelia Hernán, has indicated that this study analyzes the characteristics of “this fundamental pillar for the municipality as is the group of older people.” The main objective is to take the results of this demographic study and with it make visible and cover the needs of the elderly residents.

“More friendly with the group”

“It is one more step to ensure that San Vicente del Raspeig is, more and more, one of the friendly cities with this group.”

The sociologist in charge of its preparation has compiled the information through interviews with older people at the Altamira Center during the period from November 19, 2020 to May 18, 2021.

Thanks to them, different perspectives and points of view were collected that served as the basis for the elaboration of this study. «

The objective is to discover and identify the opinion of the elderly regarding economic, health, social and environmental issues of the municipality. Their emotions, their priorities, their experiences and their life habits have served to shape this study ”, González explains.

In addition, this demographic study discovers that the growth of the population of San Vicente del Raspeig, in the period from 2002 to 2019, has remained constant and ascending, a milestone totally contrary to growth. at the national and provincial level, where there are population declines from the years 2013 and 2014. The immigrant population represents 6.43% of the population, 37% Europeans and 30% from America.

Slower aging

The municipality breaks the provincial and national trend and more people are born who die

The demographic trend of San Vicente is very different from that of the province and even the national one. More people are born than die and their natural growth is positive. The population is concentrated between the ages of 35 and 55; and from the age of 60, women are the majority, which confirms a “feminization of old age”, indicates the sociological study that has been carried out among the elderly in San Vicente. «The municipality has a slow aging process which differs from the province that currently has a rapid aging, due to the characteristics and advantages that the municipality offers to the younger population, “highlights the author of the report in the sociodemographic diagnosis.

The study indicates that the majority of people interviewed have a positive assessment of the municipality regarding the issues of housing, buildings and public spaces. In addition, they point out that architectural barriers do not prevent them from having a safe environment to leave their homes and make normal use of streets and public spaces.

Most of the interviewees are active people who participate in events, local festivals, trips and carry out activities in the centers for the elderly. Walking is the leisure and free time activity that these people do the most, and they have other interests like crafts, dancing, gymnastics, sewing, reading, swimming, doing memory exercises or even participating in volunteer activities.

And although most of the people participating in the study have had health problems, wear prostheses, have osteoarthritis, vision problems or have suffered a heart attack, they affirm that they lead a normal and independent life. Most consider that they have an active lifestyle.

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