Carmen Padrós is a woman who, at 92 years old, remains active. She gets up around seven in the morning, does her “personal things” and begins her lifelong routines in her room at the CleceVitam Pardo Bazán residence, in Vigo, waiting for her blood pressure and other vital signs to be taken. an innovative device that digitizes this process.
After this checkup, she has breakfast with the companions of her coexistence unit, the closest thing to going to breakfast with her friends, and exercises in the gym of the center, always under the supervision of the physiotherapist who plans the most appropriate activities for her. depending on their tastes and autonomy.
That keeps her skillful to be able to do what she likes the most, crafts: “I like everything that is done with my hands, although now I can’t paint because I can’t mix the turpentine, because of my eyes, which is why I’m entertaining with a sweater and I have been counting points and points until I have managed to harness it “.
A hobby of genetic inheritance
Hobby that he shares with his daughter and his grandson Fernando Bravo, 36, with whom he goes to eat on holidays. “I share with my grandmother the love of painting, the arts in general and, although I don’t have time now, I would like to do sculpture as well,” explains Carmen Padrós’ grandson.
His grandmother speaks of him with admiration: “my grandson can do anything, he draws marvelously, what drawings, he has a beautiful one in his room that he made with some devices that he has”. Fernando has been an illustrator, he devoted a lot of time to painting, rather as a child and youth, and he has made digital art.
But the funny thing is that Carmen anticipates that her daughter also paints wonderfully and the grandson complements her gracefully: “you can see that he came from that branch of the family and it is hereditary, because my mother painted and exhibited, although she also does sewing. and crafts. We all like them very much, although we have different approaches to the subject ”.
Carmen remembers: “what I used to paint was on canvas, because watercolor is very difficult, I have tried and I don’t know how to do it, they tell me I could, but I know that with a brush and turpentine you fix everything you want, first I did drawing with the funds and then drawing what I wanted ”. Fernando understands it: “watercolor has crumbs, it is more complicated because you only have one chance to get it right; not like oil, which you can always repair or paint over. But hey, she never put it on, if not, she would have taken it out anyway ”.
That is why Carmen recommends that everyone look for something they like and practice it, “because it would be better for them, it would calm them down”, as when she stood in front of the canvas and forgot that she was in the world.
In the residences they do not lack anything
Fernando is the grandson with whom he has the most contact now, because they both live in Vigo and he resides with his parents, but Carmen says that each grandson has his peculiarity and talks a lot with everyone for the reason that he reveals to us: “in On her 80th birthday we gave her a laptop because she wanted to learn, she is one of the most digital grandmothers of her generation, so we make family video calls and she connects so calmly on the computer ”.
Curiously, the grandson believes that his grandmother does more sport at his years and that, with how hyperactive she is, she is calm because “she has freedom of movement, but surely there are certain things that, due to age, she does not dare to do or not dares to ask; by activity in the residence it will not be, of course ”.
In all Clece residences they also do mental gymnastics to maintain and enhance the capacities of the users based on the preferences and level of autonomy of each one of them.
And, especially as a result of the pandemic, when face-to-face visits had to be reduced but not contact with family and friends, they have technological solutions to make it easy for them.
A lifetime around skiing
This is the case of Josefa Feo, user of Clece Vitam Otazu, who uses to make video calls with all her grandchildren scattered around the peninsula, especially with those who are further away, in Alicante and the Canary Islands, who, moreover, usually go to see her in summer .
Her daughter María comments: “my mother loves technology, she calls us all, watches Netflix, has Instagram and Facebook, sometimes she even publishes stories that make me very funny”. She adds that, in the residence, she is well cared for and the three brothers are calmer because she insisted on living alone and, although she is very well, she does not stop turning 89 this week. There “he is like in a five-star hotel, he goes to eat, sleep and have dinner; She goes out every morning and every afternoon and goes to have a beer with her friends in the Plaza de las Cortes ”.
María is the youngest daughter of Josefa Feo and Manuel Astorgano García, the one who lived the longest with them and, therefore, had more influence if possible on the part of her father, who was “a great lover of skiing”, recalls Josefa. “He taught us all to ski. I did not like or know how to ski, but we bought an apartment near the San Isidro station, in León, and, since everyone was going to learn with him, I was not going to stay alone, so I signed up, around at 50 ”.
The mother proudly tells that that hobby had so much impact on her children: “my youngest daughter, who is a teacher, and my son, who is an architect, realized that it was a shame that there were so many children in San Isidro and most they did not know how to ski with technique ”. So María, who was already competing, after leaving the Castilla y León Technification Center, decided to set up the MAF Ski Club 12 years ago, with the backing of his brother.
Her father, of course, supported her, not in vain, together with a friend of his, they worked hard so that the children of the area signed up, that is why they were named “honorary openers of the annual race of the club that bears the name from my father ”, says María, who is a trainer of ski instructors and competition groups.
It is undeniable that the grandfather insisted on bequeathing to his family the love of skiing for life, which is a source of pride for his wife: “he also taught my grandchildren since they were little and they still continue to ski, less the youngest, who is 10 and has already been taught by his mother and is now a great skier ”. María confirms that “he has been runner-up in the Cordillera Cup because he was first runner-up in the autonomous regions of Cantabria, Asturias and Castilla y León, both in Gigante and Slalom, which means a prize for consistency.”
Like Carmen, Josefa advises having a vital hobby. For those who are afraid of breaking something, Josefa compares skiing with bridge, which seems very difficult, but it is not difficult: “I encourage everyone to try it, to remove the fear of falling, you can fall into the street, I have fallen more times at home and I have broken everything; however, when skiing we never fell in decades, and we spent months in San Isidro and went up with our snowshoes to ski snowing to more snow ”.
So Josefa, not to like it, spent up to 70-something skiing, until her husband was 80. She assures that she could still make some descent: “whoever skis continues for life, I have lived it so much that it is part of my family, we had a wonderful skiing life, I have precious memories”.