One study shows that 1,779 Moulins aged 65 or older live alone.
The Social Welfare Department of the City Council of Molina de Segura is going to develop a protocol for the identification and monitoring of older people in situations of unwanted loneliness and will intensify services and resources aimed at combating “loneliness”, as announced. Following the presentation of the results of the Sociological Study of Older People of Molin, the councilor for the region.
Molina de Segura has a population of 9,627 people over the age of 65, which makes up 13.10% of the total local population. In this age group, the Department of Social Welfare concluded that there are 1,779 people “statistically alone”. According to sociologist from the Social Welfare Department, Alejandro Toledo, 333 surveys have been conducted on this population segment. People over the age of 65 who live alone account for 18.48% of the total number of Molina residents in that age group, the majority of whom are women (76%). Among the most relevant data from the investigation, it indicated that about 90% of respondents have relatives in the locality, meaning they maintain a “very important” family support network, Toledo indicated.
With regard to income levels, more difficulties are found, as only 45% believe that their economy allows them to maintain a decent life. 37% receive less than 700 euros per month. On the other hand, a vast majority receive no dependency support.
Alejandro Toledo also emphasized that the elderly in Molina who live alone are well aware of their health status, as well as in their own home, usually with an adapted bathroom. In addition, there is a greater participation in community life in the municipality, as 39% of those surveyed participate in some activity. “It is one of the main indicators that determine active and healthy aging,” emphasized the sociologist.
For the mayor, Alicio García Canto, the study provided essential information to address the specific risks and needs of the elderly group, in particular, those who are or may be alone. The study shows that Molin’s elderly population is safe and has a wide network of support from both family and neighbours.