#ゲンキデスカ Call to prevent isolation of elderly and disabled people Corona Virus May 20 at 13:04
While the new coronavirus has called for self-imposed control, people with disabilities and elderly people are regularly asked to prevent the isolation of people with disabilities. And the effort to hear the voice directly is spreading.
A group of volunteers in Zushi City, Kanagawa Prefecture, which has supported the health of the elderly, began calling it a “#ゲンキデスカ challenge” to prevent elderly people and people with disabilities from becoming isolated from society while they were unable to work due to the spread of the infection.
Three times a week, three people, including an elderly person you know on a certain day of the week, call three people to say “How are you?” and call them to communicate with them while listening to their voices directly, and report them on social media after participating.
Since the start of last month, more than 20 people have participated and more than 1,000 people have called.
Shintaro Kunimatsu, 20, who lives in Hayama town, is said to have started calling his grandmother, Tosiko Iwasawa, on a weekly phone call.
On a recent phone call, after checking each other’s physical condition, we talked about the mealwe min during the day and the work at the Social Welfare Council, which Kunimatsu started last month.
Kunimatsu says, “We have been living together since we were little, but we can’t go to see them because of this situation. I was relieved by the voice that I thought, and i was able to get energy from hearing the voice. It was nice to have the opportunity to make a phone call.”
My grandmother, Iwasawa, said, “I have asthma, so I don’t come out of the house enough to work in the field, but I’m like, “Grandma is fine. I’m very happy to hear Shintaro’s voice. I’m really happy to call you.”
Makoto Hattori, president of the SakoyaIkiki Council, a volunteer group that organized the project, said, “There are people who are isolated because of the disconnect between the elderly and the disabled by not being able to go out. Even if you are worried, you can feel secure on the phone, so I feel the importance of talking and connecting with each other. I hope that the circle of initiatives will expand.”