Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Granollers is a medium-sized city located 30 km from Barcelona, just at the border of the Metropolitan Area. It accounts for nearly 60,000 inhabitants. Although its population is relatively young as a whole in the context of Spanish population, the proportion of elderly people is growing constantly. In the moment we are uploading our profile, people aged sixty-five and over account for a 16% of the total population.
Granollers City Council has been interested, for many years, in policies aiming to enhance the participation of elders in local life. The Elders’ Advisory Local Council is yearly informed about local policies in different matters affecting them, and it is consulted about the opinions of its members on elders’ perceptions and proposals.
We are glad to have an active Comission of Elderly People, which is working closely with the City Council to prepare, in a yearly basis, several activities for active ageing. Every summer these activities empty into a Cultural Week of the Granollers’ Elders, now in its XXI edition, a massive expression of vital energy. Older people exhibit their handworks or artistic creations, compete playing choral pieces or billiard games, between other items.
Also, running is an activity highly promoted in the city, and we have several urban and semi-urban circuits that are highly used by our elders.
We have some experience promoting inter-generational feedbak. Specifically we have a social facility named ‘Kangaroo Space’, aimed to the practice of social and learning activities by elders and vulnerable children, and to experiment interactions between them.
In order to nourrish solidarity between neighbors and older people at risk of isolation and social exclusion, we have recently implemented, in agreement with the Barcelona City Council, an initiative labelled “RADARS Project”, which aims the neighbors to act as ‘Radars’, detecting respectfully these cases in the close comunity and informing them to local social services. Several establishments in the neighborhood, such as pharmacies, bakeries or grocery shops can also act as ‘Radars’. The Red Cross collaborates in the project, providing volunteer follow-up and accompaniment to these people, in order to improve their social participation.
So, taking this background, which includes several other actions no specified here, we are proud to declare our membership in the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, and we are looking forward to share experiences and develop innovative experiences in collaboration with other members of the network.