Ageing and Older People
The demographic transition in the early 21 century is characterised by rapid population ageing both in developed and developing countries. Serbia is also part of this process.
The demographic transition in the early 21 century is characterised by rapid population ageing both in developed and developing countries. Serbia is also part of this process. According to the 2011 census data the share of people over the age of 65 in Serbian population is 17.4% whereas the share of people older than 80 is 3.5%. The demographic ageing will only accelerate and the projections of the Serbian Statistics Office the share of those over 65 in the population will rise to 21% by 2030 while those over 80 will account for more than 5%.
These are the reasons the Red Cross of Serbia has worked hard on developing a plethora of programmes targeting older people, responding to their needs. Having in mind that older people are not a homogenous population group, our programmes have components that focus on service and support but also components that are about advocating for updating public policies to adequately respond to population ageing. Another important segment of the programmes is encouraging older people to become volunteers and thus contribute to a positive image of ageing and older people as active members of their communities contributing to the development of the society. Another important aspect of these programmes are research activities that collect and present essential data on older people that can be used for advocacy.
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