The initiative, designed and developed by the RMF, will encourage active aging in vulnerable older adults.
The Ramon Molinas Foundation, in collaboration with the Castelldefels Maritime Club and the Roure Foundation, have launched the project A So de Mar. The initiative aims to take vulnerable older adults on day trips to the seaside, with a full programme of activities adapted for seniors.
On the first day trip, eight people from three residential units in Castelldefels were able to reconnect with the ocean. “I was very excited to visit the seaside again,” said Felisa, one of the project participants, “I see a lot less of the sea than I would like to.” Felisa is 82 years old and has lived on the coast her whole life. “I used to go down to the ocean every day,” she adds, recalling that she was a great swimmer and that she taught herself to swim. “The ocean is life itself. In fact, it has played a very important role in my life. Although you’ve got to respect it,” Felisa reflected in front of the other project participants at the end of the day.
A So de Mar will take place at the Castelldefels Maritime Club twice a month. It is aimed at people over 65 years old that are socio-economically vulnerable, suffer from loneliness and/or isolation and have a medium level of dependency for carrying out basic daily tasks. They are referred from centres, residential units or non-profit organisations. The day trips will take up to fifteen participants and include a walk down the Castelldefels promenade, physical activities adapted for older adults, workshops on maritime history and culture, and will culminate with a social activity accompanied by a light snack.
Xavier Cortés, Director of the Ramon Molinas Foundation, underlines the objective of the initiative. A So de Mar seeks to foster and uphold the dignified and active role that older adults deserve in our society. The initiative aims to help alleviate the isolation suffered by many elderly people, offering activities to keep participants in shape physically and emotionally, and providing a space for older adults to share their life experiences and support each other.” Cortés has also underlined that it is the first social action initiative designed and run directly by the Ramon Molinas Foundation.
Luis Meseguer, president of the Castelldefels Maritime Club celebrates the launch of A So de Mar, stating, “It is a pleasure to welcome vulnerable older adults to the Club.” Meseguer added that “the objective of the Castelldefels Maritime Club is open up our facilities so that programme participants are able to enjoy the pleasures of spending time by the sea.” Salut Camps, Head of Elderly Care at the Roure Foundation states that, “I’m delighted to be participating in partnership with this project.” Camps has praised the work of A So de Mar, underlining that it offers “an opportunity for elderly people that don’t get many opportunities to leave the house to socialise and spend time at the seaside.”
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