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Logroño marked the National Grandparents Day

The city mayor, Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, had a video call with two selected seniors

  • July 27, 2020 16:00
  • Author Tzvetozar Vincent Iolov
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The municipal site of Logroño reminded residents of the National Grandparents Day in Spain (26 July) by posting a YouTube link today which shows Mayor Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza having a meet and greet with two of the city’s seniors. The difference is that, this year, the traditional meeting between mayor and seniors took place online via video conference.

National Grandparents Day reminds everyone the important role of grandparents in the family

Every year, on 26 July, the Mayor of Logroño meets up with senior citizens at the City Hall as a celebration of the National Grandparents Day. This year, however, due to social distancing measures, the meeting was conducted online.

The Mayor spoke with Lucía Ortega Martín (aged 104) and Francisco (Paco) Cabezuelo Ginés (aged 103). Both are still active – Lucia enjoys watching TV and Paco’s hobby is playing cards.

National Grandparents Day has been celebrated in Spain (and other, mostly Latin American, countries) since 1988 with a view to reminding people of the importance that grandparents have in the family. It is often the case that when parents are busy, it is the grandparents who step in to help in the raising of the children.

This day is also a good reminder of the duty that society has to maintain the well-being of its senior members. To that end, the Logroño City Hall offers a range of programs which aid elderly people and their carers in these difficult times.

The Social Services municipal department offers personal domestic help, food delivery to home addresses and urban transport services. Likewise, there are classes teaching healthy lifestyles for the aging.

On a more global scale, the municipal authorities remind us that, according to UN statistics, nearly 10% of the world’s population is over the age of 60. By the year 2050, this share will increase to more than 20% as people live longer lives.

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