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Melanie Vicente represented Portugal at Miss World 2012. For her beauty with a purpose Project Melanie highlighted the problems facing the aging population within Portugal. She discussed with passion the issues surrounding the problem, and spent time working at care homes for the elderly. Below, in her words, is Melanie’s work.


Aging, first of all, is a biological phenomenon and totally natural. We will all age in our lives. However this physical aspect is not the only one that characterizes growing old.
The mental state of humans, and the social integration or disintegration of individuals are also components to be considered when thinking of growing old.

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The elderly are often relegated, marginalized, and accused of not understanding anything. They can feel like they have been removed from a society where youth is a largely appreciated value.
One of the biggest concerns in my country in recent years has been the environment of the elderly. Many in that time, without anyone even realizing, struggle to live in their own homes.
With a crisis that is shaking the Old Portuguese society, the age gap in the nation is increasing as many young adults are forced to leave the country to search for new job opportunities.

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The elderly, like everyone, have needs, and the desire to fulfill a useful societal function that society often doesn’t provide for them. For the current economic model, the elderly are no longer a productive force.

Nobody likes solitude. These people are not demanding, they just need someone to look after them, by giving them integrated healthcare, talking with them, hearing them, and giving them the opportunity to do something that makes them feel useful and active, but above all, give them a lot of affection.

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As the European year of active aging and intergenerational solidarity, it is important to place the elderly and their difficulties in to modern society. To be considerate to the elderly and respect them, because we will be one of them too in the future, and we will have to rely on the next generations consideration. We must set an example for others to follow.

Because of this, I have chosen to spend considerable time working with the elderly in my community, to be that person who is considerate, respectful and helping them fill a valuable place in the community. For many hours I have lent support to a generation of individuals who have seen much in their lives, and have so much wisdom and knowledge to share with us, if we take the time to listen.

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Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.
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