“If the virus doesn’t kill us, sadness will”

“If the virus doesn’t kill us, sadness will,” say Spanish seniors, who make up 20% of the population of Spain.

While we’ve all undoubtedly struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, fear of going out and struggles with technology have left many Spanish seniors feeling ‘traumatized and bitter’.

There are 9 million Spaniards over the age of 65, with more than two million living alone. The virus, and the measures implemented to stop its spread, has utterly changed the lives of many.

Speaking to El Pais, Ena Velasco, 70, revealed that she is often too afraid to venture from her home and that she misses the interaction she once had with others in her neighbourhood of La Ventilla in Madrid. Ena feels that technology just cannot make up for her need “to touch, to feel, to see the teacher, our grandchildren, the doctor.”

Describing the profound effect that the pandemic has had on her life, Ena went on to say “Up to now, I felt young, but not anymore. If the virus doesn’t kill us, sadness will.”


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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.