This was theme of the week last week:
Common threads of the week were the problems of overcoming islolation, lack of ability to communicate in Spanish, the difficulties presented if your family isn’t living close by, how a lack of mobility affects people when the public transport system isn’t all that great.
I spoke to
Sally from Angels Nursing
She offers private health care in the home in a language which the older person can understand. She told us about how if you are a European Citizen then you can claim free medication. She also recomended that all of us make a will! (http://www.angelsnursingagency.com/)
Diane Foden, living in Soller about cost of living and health care on the island (www.twocrumbliesandacat.blogspot.com)
We also spoke about ESRA (the English Speaking Residents’ Association) and its importance to her when she first moved to the island (www.esramallorca.com)
Jackie from Age Concern
Age Concren helps older people in many ways on the island: offering home and hospital visits, running social events and fundraising tirelessly. They lend medical equipment and are often asked to help with liasion with medical services. They count people who are 50 + as being eligible for their services.
Jackie also told me that their fundraising events are always rather lively and fun!
They are desperate for new volunteers especially if they speak fluent Spanish. If anyone is interested they can contact Jackie on 971-231520 or write giving full details including email address to Age Concern Mallorca, Apartado 7, 07180 Santa Ponsa.
Jackie Evans from MallorcaSolutions.com. They can help with getting your pension, health card and other paperwork organised with the government. They are also in contact with a local residential home for older people. (www.mallorcasolutions.com)