Article in Xinhua News Agency by Natasha Pavlopoulou and Valentini Anagnostopoulou.
Songs, laughs, theatrical performances and a group of elderly people smiling and having fun — This is not a typical picture of everyday life in a nursing home. But it is from time to time repeated in ten geriatric units across Athens and its suburbs. All that thanks to the “Thallo” (means blossom, sprout in Greek) program.
“Our visits are offered free of charge mainly to non-profit-oriented units, but we do not exclude private units,” Paraskevopoulos said, noting that “Thallo” program helps people socialize, communicate, and beat their TV addiction. The units are supported by volunteers, men and women, who contribute significantly to the implementation and continuation of the action.