Single elderly people appear to be the most vulnerable social group in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri. Most of them lost their children in the 1988 earthquake, others have no children for other reasons or their children are currently abroad.
Aside from feeling lonely elderly people have many needs – from medical assistance and daily meals to personal care. Since 2002 the Armenian Caritas benevolent organization has implemented various programs aimed at supporting single elderly persons. Head of the Home Care for the Elderly program Flora Sargsyan says that although the program does not solve all the problems of single elderly people, it does provide some relief to about 140 elderly people aged above 70.
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