On June 22, 2012, the elderly of the Private Institutions of Social Solidarity (IPSS) from the Municipality of Torre de Moncorvo (Portugal) participated in the 3rd meeting of The Third Age People. The IPSS of the county of Freixo de Espada a Cinta joined the meeting as well.
The meeting took place in the recreation park of Foz do Sabor and was attended by approximately 400 senior citizens. The Vice President of Torre de Moncorvo County and the President of Social Network of the county, José Aires, were also present at the meeting.
An outdoor mass, a convivial lunch, and fun activities such as theatrical performances, recitation of poems, songs, and dance interpretations were planned. The girls of the Foundation Francisco Meireles took charge of some activities. A performance from the Group of Fados of Moncorvo filled the afternoon.
Since this year the activity was part of the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity, the municipality promoted a special “Senior in Motion” physical education class for all participants.
In addition to the senior participants and the employees of the institutions involved, Doctor Idalina Alves de Brito and Doctor Lia Louça, representing the Regional Center of Social Security, were present. Flyers were distributed for all the participants regarding issues related to civil protection such as wildfires, heat waves, and earthquakes. The municipality also offered a snack to all the seniors and a small souvenir of the meeting.
The initiative was organized by the city of Torre de Moncorvo along with members of the local board of social action. The meeting resulted in a different and pleasant day for the senior citizens who attended, and hope that next year this great experience will be repeated.
For more information (in Portugese), see the following.