The World Health Organization (WHO) coined the term ‘active ageing’ to refer to the process that seeks to make ageing a positive experience, full of opportunities for health, participation, training, and safety. In this sense, the Abrazando Ilusiones Foundation does not understand ageing as a linear and immutable process, since human functioning shows great plasticity at a biological, cognitive, emotional, and social level.
For this reason, we implement actions that seek to improve the life expectancy of our elderly population, increasing their quality of life and preventing the appearance of deficiencies associated with age. In this regard, the project Adulto Mayor, Vida Activa (AMVA, Older Adults, Active Lifestyle in English) responds to a demographic reality characterized by a continuous increase in the percentage of elderly people in relation to the total population and includes the activities developed with these people (many of them are in a situation of dependency), with the aim of enhancing their healthy life expectancy.
To this end, the project includes activities that promote their physical, mental, and social well-being, enhance their personal autonomy, and prevent possible situations of vulnerability associated with age. More specifically, multiple workshops are held that provide their participants with tools, knowledge and skills that stimulate their potential and slow down the involute processes that accompany advanced age.
Likewise, in order not to let ageing become a factor of distance or reciprocal disconnection between the elders and society, the foundation, as a multicultural and intergenerational meeting space, promotes the inclusion of older people in different areas of their social life through their participation in cultural activities that foster the contribution of their knowledge and experience to other generations. The activities carried out are circumscribed and affect four fundamental aspects: