The TEC-MED project presents the storybook “Our elders matter: their stories”

Raquel Feria

The European TEC-MED project led by Dr. Ana María Porcel, professor at the Department of Nursing at the University of Seville, works to create a cross-cultural socio-ethical care model for people over 65 who are dependent and/or at risk of social exclusion. Designed for the European Night of Researchers and thanks to the European Commission and the University of Seville, the storybook “Our elders matter: their stories” brings the real stories of older people such as Katerina from Greece, Manuel from Spain, Fatema from Egypt, Hassen from Tunisia, Ahmad from Lebanon, and Alfonsina from Italy.  

These micro-stories are narrated by their protagonists. The aim is to make known the reality of dependent elderly people and/or the risk of social exclusion, taking into account the socio-cultural context of the six collaborating countries of the project. Through real stories, these stories narrate the experiences and situations that different people with certain limitations (such as lack of economic, social, or family resources) and situations of dependency go through. The stories show, through illustrations and simple texts, the history of these people who are the reflection of a multicultural and diverse society such as that of the Mediterranean Basin. 

An event event will be celebrated in the Center of Cultural Initiatives in Seville next 17th of December from 12 p.m to 2 p.m to present the storybook.



12.00 hours. Opening table. 

  • Dra. Ana María Porcel. Director of the Promotion of Research and Scientific Culture of the University of Seville and Principal Investigator of the TEC-MED Project. 
  • Mrs. Emilia Barroso Fuentes. General Manager of Social Action of the Seville City Council. 
  • Francisco Ventosa Esquinaldo O.H. Director of the San Juan de Dios University Nursing Center, University of Seville.
  • Dra. Araceli López Serena. Director of the Editorial of the University of Seville.

12.30 hours. Presentation of the activity "Our elder's matter: their stories."

  • Dra. Elena Fernández García. Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Seville and Communication Coordinator of the TEC-MED Project.
  • Group dynamics were carried out by Ms. Julia Rodríguez Vázquez, TEC-MED project communication technician.
  • Reading the tale of Spain. Dr. Soledad Vázquez Santiago. Professor of the Nursing Department. University of Seville and Collaborating Researcher for the TEC-MED project.
  • Visualization of the tale of Lebanon. 

13.00 hours. Closing.

  • Dra. Regina Allande Cusso. Associate Professor CIS Department of Nursing. Sevilla University. Coordinator of the TEC-MED project. 

  13.15 hours. Appetizer.