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Survey: 56% of Greek seniors are starving. No wonder when 32% pensioners receive below €500

More than half of seniors in Greece are confronted with the ghost of starvation as they are economically unable to meet their primary needs and cost of food. This comes by a survey conducted by Greek non-governmental organization Life Line that deals with seniors’ problems.

56% of program participants experience food insecurity with severe existence of hunger.

27% of program participants experience food insecurity and live in totally inappropriate “solutions” accentuating the overall condition of their health.

17% of participants experience food insecurity , which leads in most cases to depression and panic about their future .

“The majority of the seniors experience phenomena of food insecurity in the form of moderate or severe hunger which directly affects both the psychological and physical health if deprived of food aid,” the NGO notes in the survey press releases stressing at the same time

“Everyday more and more elderly people are unable to meet their primary needs and to meet the costs of food.”

According to Life Line, an increasing number of elderly calls the NGO and literally beg for some food or milk.

The NGO has launched a food program “Every day next to them” in order to respond to the desperate calls of the elderly.

36% of Greek pensioners receive below €500 per month

One should not wonder about the starvation problems of the elderly.

According to Greek Labor Ministry 36% of pensioners, i.e. 1,054,415 people, received in January pensions below 500 euro.

Of these:

32% are ‘retirement age’ pensions (649,137 people)

45.5% are ‘widow’ pensions (263,346 people)

52.6% are ‘disabled’ pensions (141,870 people)

PS I suppose with this pension, they freeze too…


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5 comments

  1. And why are the greece supermarkets the most expensive at Europe?