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VOLUME 5, NUMBER 4, 2002

Ensuring dignity of elderly persons in European care systems

Both the absolute number and the relative percentage of elderly people are growing in a number of Council of Europe member States. The availability and quality of health and social care services are important determinants of health and well-being for this group. The needs of vulnerable elderly people are being recognised as a priority in public policy-making and in the allocation of resources within all the Council of Europe countries. Yet there are some countries that are more successfully developing different services for elderly people than others. Services available for dependent elderly people in 9 chosen countries will be shown through the case, given at the multilateral seminar of Council in Europe "Ensuring dignity of elderly persons in formal and informal care systems", held in Budapest on 7th-8th November, 2002.

Key words: old people, health care, social care, case study in few countries

Local intergenerational centres - the heart of modern programmes for quality ageing and connection between generations
Jože Ramovš

The article deals with modern programmes for quality ageing in the whole third period of life, with a special emphasis on the current possibilities for connecting generations. It is focused on the Slovenian case; for instance, Slovenia is on the one hand among the leading world countries with its retirement system and old peoples homes, and on the other hand with some other programmes far behind even some less developed countries. Local community centres for elderly people are one example. In the conclusion the author introduces the idea of local community centres for quality ageing, that would add to the local community's care for elderly people, modern centres for connection of all three generations.

Key words: intergenerational centre, connectedness between generations, programmes for quality ageing, local community programmes

Day centre Akácos Udvar

Day centres are one alternative to the institutional elderly care. They are in contrast to Eastern countries well developed in Western European countries. In the latter ones, the development of services that allow disabled elderly people to live longer in their homes, took place only in the last decade. We will present a day centre in Budapest that has a long history and was the first of its kind in Hungary. In contrast to Slovenian day care centres, Hungarian centres are not organised within Old people’s homes.

Key words: day centre, Akácos Udvar, Budapest, activities

The role models of volunteers in the intergenerational programmes for quality ageing
Polona Felicijan

The diploma thesis describes, how the volunteers experience their role models for age. It is written on the basis of essays, which volunteers wrote during the education for leaders of groups for intergenerational relationships. The study emanates from awareness of characteristics of the third generation period, the characteristics of the quality aging procedure and the meaning of intergenerational relations. Our results have shown, on which human characteristics the volunteers are attentive and what kind of life the volunteers want to live, when they get old. Most important among the characteristics of the role models is orderly appearance of the senior, facial mimic and the eye glance, good will and firmness, optimism in life, but above all the ability to create good relations. The largest homogenous groups of role models represent grandparents (25%) and parents (18%). Interesting is the fact that the gender is not determining for the choice of the role model because one third of female volunteers describe a male as their role model for age.

Key words: quality age, old people - role models for age, intergenerational relationships, forwarding of experience, interpersonal relations, human values


Psychooncology or psychosocial oncology captures intrapsychological processes, social aspects and social frameworks of oncological patient. The incidence of cancer is still increasing in Slovenia. People are looking at this disease very pessimistically. There are many reasons for incidence of cancer. Patients react to this diagnosis very differently. Patients expectations and their coping with the disease are important factors in the course of treatment. Treatment of cancer patients is a very complex matter. It is important that the patient receives psychiatric treatment in all phases of the disease. Relatives are also participating in the course of treatment.

Key words: psychooncology, frequency of cancer, incorrect acceptance of disease, the possibilities of medical treatment, psychological changes.


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