For 96 years, Odette was not expecting to receive a call from a player of the team of France of football…GROSS
A video call from an international footballer… Odette, football fan, could not dream better for his birthday. During the containment, Florian Thauvin is committed to all of the Little Brothers of the Poor, a charity which helps elderly, isolated or in a precarious situation. He was then able to make the acquaintance of Odette. “One is immediately freed, immediately agreed, “says the footballer.
8 weeks of solitude
For eight weeks, Odette had to stay home. His only contact, rarefied by the containment, was with the volunteer who comes to see usually. This time of sharing with Florian Thauvin was so precious to her. “I have my grandmother who is affected by it, it is in long-term care facilities. I know exactly what the elderly face, “says the athlete.
To maintain the link with the seniors, a benefit for all
For Armelle de Guibert, general delegate of the association, maintaining the link with the elders is crucial but also beneficial for the young people. “The older people are, in general, much more realistic, lucid on what they are and are not afraid to say so, and can often have valuable advice“, she says. She continues : “moreover, in early relationships, it is more often the older people who ask the questions to the volunteers, than the reverse.”
In France, more than 300,000 seniors have less than 10 contacts per year with their entourage.