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The Viva gli Anziani project

The Viva gli Anziani project

A project for lonely members of the Older Generation


There’s an African proverb that says "When an old person dies, it’s as if a library burns down". We began our collaboration with the Comunità di Sant’Egidio in 2004 to support old people in need and preserve the heritage they embody. The "A casa è meglio" (It’s better at home) project, to which we contributed, aims to prevent the abandonment of old people in hospitals or care homes. It was followed in 2011 by "Viva gli Anziani" (Long Live the Older Generation), an innovative integrated model that involves active monitoring of the over-eighties. In 2008 Enel Cuore also supported the creation of a multi-service day centre for the older generation, providing socialisation services and assistance, including legal and bureaucratic help to over-65s in Messina. 

In 2016 our partnership with the Comunità di Sant’Egidio was further consolidated with the "Viva gli Anziani – a city for the Older Generation and a city for all" initiative, a project based on integrating and reorganising the experience already gained by implementing a home visit and active monitoring system, creating new structural and infrastructural solutions, as well as support and adequate training  for caregivers and the families concerned.

The "Viva gli Anziani - a city for the Older Generation and a city for all" project also ran during 2018 and is continuing in 2019 with the aim of combatting social poverty affecting older people in ten Italian municipalities. It also offers support to the over-80s by implementing a system of domestic visits and active monitoring, promoting new structural and infrastructural solutions like co-housing and improving elderly people’s living environments. Thanks to the commitment of thousands of volunteers and the experience of the Comunità di Sant’Egidio, the project has built up an increasingly extensive and professional network that places the individual at the centre of its activities and provides responses to the real needs of elderly people.



Place: Italy

Organisation: Comunità di Sant’Egidio ACAP non-profit

Intended beneficiaries: 15,000 elderly people

Total contributions to the organisation: up to 2.2 million euros (2004-2007), up to 300,000 euros (2008), up to 315,000 euros (2011), up to 2 million euros (2016) and up to 1 million euros (2018)

Duration: 2004; 2005; 2007; 2008; 2011; 2016; 2017; 2018