Rome, Italy, Apr 27, 2020 / 08:30 am
Italian students have organized a campaign to uplift and honor the elderly, who have suffered heavy losses in Italy's coronavirus outbreak.
Offering calls and video messages for elderly residents in isolation and a social media campaign to spread appreciation for seniors in their communities, the Catholic "Youth for Peace" movement is seeking to increase solidarity across generations.
The young people have also collected donations for masks, gloves, and other medical supplies for elderly care homes, where social distancing is difficult.
Italy has the oldest population in Europe, and the second oldest in the world after Japan. More than 20% of Italy's population is 65 or older, according to the United Nations.