New Program creation: "I Discover My City" – Open Protection Centers for the Elderly of the Municipality of Thessaloniki

The Open Protection Centers for the Elderly of the Municipality of Thessaloniki have created, through a grant of the TIMA Charitable Foundation, a wellness program for elders, titled "I Discover My City". The Program involves the combination of organized walks for elders with guided tours throughout historical sites of Thessaloniki. Its purpose is to offer physical activity and mental strengthening. The Program will comprise of 13 walks, each at a different historical site, with the participation of approximately 250 elders from the 14 Open Protection Centers of Thessaloniki.

The "I Discover My City" program was created in response to the request of elderly members who experience the decrease of recreational activities in the Centers due to reducing budgets. The lack of such activities contributes to the elders’ isolation and, in many cases, depression. In cases where elders are not exposed to mental strengthening exercises, the lack of such activities can also lead to the decrease of their mental activity. The Program combines, with a unique method, physical activity and mental strengthening, and is pioneering for the Open Protection Centers for the Elderly throughout Greece.

The "I Discover My City" program is part of a larger grant to the Open Protection Centers for the Elderly of the Municipality of Thessaloniki. For more information:
http://www.timafoundation.org/en/grant/24-g-Open Protection Centers for the Elderly of the