From today onwards, GNR carries out the “Senior Census 2023” operation

Operation takes place throughout the month of October across the country

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Starting today, Sunday, the GNR is carrying out the “Senior Census 2023” operation, which aims to raise awareness among the elderly about adopting safety behaviors and survey the conditions in which this population lives.

The “Senior Census 2023” operation takes place throughout the country throughout the month of October and aims, through “a set of patrolling and awareness-raising actions among the older population”, to alert them to “self-protective behaviors and reinforce the feeling of security”, states the Republican National Guard.

The corporation indicates that this set of actions are framed within the scope of the celebration of the International Day of the Elderly, which is celebrated today, and mobilize around 400 soldiers from the criminal prevention and community policing sections of the GNR, who will prioritize proximity to the population elderly and more vulnerable, as well as those who live alone or isolated.

This security force also emphasizes that these patrolling actions aim to “reinforce security behaviors that reduce the risk of elderly people becoming victims of crimes, particularly in situations of violence, fraud and theft”.

The GNR considers that “it continues to be essential to alert elderly people to self-protection procedures in situations of violence, scams, scams and home theft, as well as preventing risky behaviors associated with alcohol consumption and combating social isolation, identifying informal caregivers and training adults to use the internet”.

In the 2022 edition of the “Senior Census” operation, the GNR identified 44.511 elderly people who live alone and isolated or in a vulnerable situation due to their physical, psychological or other condition that could jeopardize their safety.

The most vulnerable situations were reported by the GNR to the competent entities, especially social support, in order to monitor them in the future.

Vila Real was the district where the most elderly people were flagged with 5.353, followed by Guarda with 5.243, Viseu with 3.586, Faro with 3.527, Bragança with 3.411 and Beja with 3.346.

In Lisbon, 1.134 elderly people were identified and in Porto, 875 were identified, this being the district with the lowest number of elderly people identified.