Geneva, Switzerland – If you, or someone you know is over 60 and feeling isolated or finding it difficult to cope, Caritas Geneve, offers outings and a support line that can help overcome their situation.
A phone line geared for those over 60 offers callers advice and support, from information on topics such as taxes or benefits, to simply a friendly voice with whom to chat with. Katia Hechmati, a social worker with Caritas who runs the helpline says the service is also offered in English or Spanish.
The phone line operates every Wednesday from 13:00 to 17:00 – call +41 (0) 22 708 0475.
The dreaded question of what-to-do-on-Sundays can be particularly difficult for those who don’t have any support in Geneva but Caritas offers the chance to socialize and stay active through activities on Sundays.
The non-profit organization offers a comunal lunch each Sunday and in addition, from March to October each year it proposes a series of trips and excursions to add a bit of activity to the lifestyle of people over 60.
Other activities / resources
If you are a Geneva resident, 55-years of age or older, you may also benefit from free sports activities throughout the four seasons. (Read more on this topic on my previous entry).