Faro and Beja are two of the six districts with the most elderly people alone

GNR promoted actions that prioritized personal contact with elderly people in vulnerable situations

Faro and Beja are two of the six districts in mainland Portugal where the GNR identified more elderly people living alone and/or isolated, or still in a vulnerable situation, this police force announced.

Across the country, the “Senior Census 2023” operation, promoted by the GNR during the month of October, identified more than 44.100 elderly people in those situations.

The districts of Guarda (5.477), Vila Real (5.360), Viseu (3.528), Faro (3.513), Bragança (3.347) and Beja (3.230) were the districts in which the most elderly people were flagged, the GNR said in a statement.

The GNR explains that this operation aimed to guarantee patrolling and awareness-raising actions for the elderly population who live alone and/or isolated, alerting them to the need to adopt safety behaviors, reducing the risk of becoming victims of crimes, especially violence, fraud and theft.

During the operation, the military carried out a series of actions that prioritized personal contact with elderly people in vulnerable situations.

In total, 44.114 elderly people were flagged as living alone and/or isolated, or in a vulnerable situation, due to their physical, psychological, or other condition that could jeopardize their safety, explains the GNR.

During Operation “Senior Census 2023”, the GNR carried out 304 actions in the classroom and 2.651 door-to-door, covering a total of 24.978 elderly people.

Last year, the operation had identified 44.511 elderly people who lived alone or isolated.

Since 2011, the year in which the first edition of Operation “Censos Sénior” was carried out, the GNR has been updating the geographical signage, providing “closer support” to the elderly population, which contributes to “creating a climate of greater trust and empathy between the elderly and GNR soldiers”, the initiative also serves to increase the feeling of security.

 



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