DESK REVIEWS | 05.08.06. Availability of community places where older people can meet

DESK REVIEW | 05.08.06. Availability of community places where older people can meet

There are initiatives to improve community places in Brazil. Some municipalities have created age-friendly neighbourhoods and the International Longevity Centre – Brazil (ILC-Brazil), which is a think tank advocating longevity and active ageing, and has supported and supervised “age-friendly city” projects in Brazil (ILC Brazil, 2019). However, these initiatives are isolated and not generalised throughout Brazil. For example, in the city of São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo, there are age-friendly houses where older persons go to meet each other, exercise, dance and socialize together. This is a municipality initiative that is run by the department of social development, and not within the health department. In the state of São Paulo, there are social centres (social meeting spaces) for people aged 60 years and over to meet, socialize, and participate in activities (Secretaria Estadual de Assistência e Desenvolvimento Social, n.d.).

References:

ILC Brazil. (2019). ILC BRAZIL. http://ilcbrazil.org/

Secretaria Estadual de Assistência e Desenvolvimento Social. (n.d.). SP Amigo do Idoso. Retrieved November 10, 2019, from http://www.desenvolvimentosocial.sp.gov.br/portal.php/programas_spamigodoidoso

There exist senior clubs where older people can meet and do social activities together. For instance, Griya Adiyuswa in Bintaro offers various activities, including cognitive stimulation therapy for prevention of dementia (Komunitas Lansia Griya Adiyuswa, n.d.).

References:

Komunitas Lansia Griya Adiyuswa. (n.d.). Komunitas Lansia Adiyuswa Senior Club. 2019.