Senior Citizens

Residents of Reykjavík can seek information and advice regarding services for senior citizens at the Municipal Service Centre in each district, e.g. financial affairs, social security contributions, housing, assessment for home help and support. Advisory services are free of charge.
  • Senior Citizens

Social activities

Social activities for residents of all ages are available at the numerous Community centres throughout the city, as well as at the Gerðuberg Cultural Centre. Residents can obtain service irrespective of where they live; there are a variety of activities. For example, visual arts, club activities, card playing, sightseeing tours, dancing and gymnastics. Furthermore, there are several annual functions and/or one-off activities such as barbecues, autumn celebrations, dances and trips to the theatre.

It is not necessary to apply in advance for participation in the social activities. It is all right just to turn up or call beforehand.

Domestic services

The domestic service is meant for those who live at home but who are unable to look after themselves without assistance. The service is for all age groups. General service is provided during the day, but it is possible to apply for a brief visit or a short attendance in the evenings and at weekends if necessary.

The service is flexible and varied as it is the aim to fulfil the needs of everybody. Social support, encouragement and fellowship are important factors in the job. Domestic service staff also assist with general housekeeping activities.

You can apply for domestic service at the Municipal Service Centre in your district by filling in an application there or apply through the City of Reykjavik’s website and submit a completed application at the Municipal Service Centre.

Prepared meals

Hot meals can be bought at lunchtime at the City of Reykjavik’s Community Centres. Coffee and extras are also available there. Lunch can be applied for at the community centre by telephone, see your communtity centre, and ordered at a day’s notice. It is also possible the put your name down for food on particular days.

Home-delivered meals

Those that are unable to cook for themselves and feel unable to go to the nearest community centre for a meal may have hot meals delivered to their homes daily.

You can apply for meal deliveries at the Municipal Service Centre in your district by filling in an application there. or apply through City of Reykjavik’s website and submit a completed application at a Municipal Service Centre. After that you can call 411 9450 to order a meal.

Taxi services

Residents aged 67 and above that live at home are entitled to a taxi service if they are unable to use public transport due to a prolonged disability and do not have access to a private car. The maximum number of trips is 30 per month.

You can apply for taxi services at the Municipal Service Centre your district by filling in an application there or apply through the City of Reykjavik’s website and submit a completed application at a Municipal Service Centre.

Libraries

Reykjavik City Library

Information about libraries in Reykjavik can be found at www.borgarbokasafn.is or at the Call Centre, tel.: 4 11 11 11.

  • Lending service – general lending of books and other library items.
  • Service to institutions – the lending of books to institutions and to clusters of service flats.
  • The library card – tel: 699 0316.
  • The book home – books delivered home once a month.

Swimming pools

Information about swimming pools in Reykjavik 

The swimming pools are free of charge for residents aged 70 and above. Water aerobics, swimming lessons and gymnastics are provided.

Health service

Information about the health service can be found at www.heilsugaeslan.is, at the health service’s information centre, tel: 1700. or at the health service of the Metropolitan area, tel.: 585 1300.

 

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