The Municipal Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases of Panxón already works every afternoon from Monday to Friday. After extending the activity to four days last year due to the incidence of the pandemic and its restrictions on users, the Council of Nigrán has decided to complete the week with sessions in this public service, created in 2016 and managed by the Galician Association of Relatives of Alzheimer’s Patients (Afaga).
The increase in hours of activity will allow the two groups of users to attend the center three days a week. On Thursdays they will all get together to practice traditional games. To facilitate this new activity, the City Council has equipped the site with a petanque court and key and frog games for users to enjoy outdoors.
As they explain from Afaga, this type of traditional throwing and precision games are especially recommended for the elderly because they favor socialization, concentration, motivation, psychomotricity and memory itself to follow the established rules.
Some benefits that will add up at a time like the present. “The health crisis had a particularly significant impact on people with dementia, as well as their family and social environment. The social distancing measures accelerated the process of functional and cognitive deterioration, as well as the overload of the families”, they emphasize from Afaga.
There have recently been vacancies in the center, so families interested in applying for a place should go to the Social Services department of the Nigrán City Council, which will give priority to those registered. Taking into account that these diseases affect 1.83% of the population over 65 years of age, the prevalence in the municipality would be 323 affected people, according to the data handled by the City Council.