Social workers from the project visited their clients, talked with them, documented their recollections, listened to their problems, and gave advice. The elderly seemed to come alive during these meetings because of the support and attention they received which each person needs, regardless of their age.
It is very unfortunate that many of those who survived the Second World War (including those who were forcibly taken to Germany) often experience anxiety. They are anxious because they are nearing the end of their lives, some are ill, experiencing a loss of independence, or physical ability. Often they are alone with their problems, without anyone to speak to or to share their experiences with.
The Ivano-Frankivs’k Caritas has been serving the elderly through the Nadvechir club for several years. The club helps the elderly feel that they are important members of their community and country. The club works to improve their clients’ quality of life and to create a dialogue with the younger generation.