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Quality of ageing-some characteristics of the elderly population of Istria and the comparison with other regions of Croatia

Authors:
PETRAK Olivera, LUCANIN Despot Jasminka, LUCANIN Damir
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 13(1), 2006, pp.37-51.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

This paper aimed to analyse demographic characteristics of the elderly population of Istria, their family and health status, satisfaction with life, needs and access to different social welfare services, and to compare them with the characteristics of the elderly population of Zagreb, Dalmatia and Slavonia. The structured interview included 1262 elderly respondents, their average age being 74 (60-100). Istria is characterised by more elderly people with a higher level of education, the latest number of married elderly people, who also have less children and living siblings than elderly people in Dalmatia and Slavonia. There are most elderly people who live alone in Istria. By comparing elderly persons from four regions, it has been determined that they most significantly differ in the access to social welfare services and in social support. The determined differences point to the need to organise programs of the care for the elderly on local level, taking into consideration the different characteristics of elderly persons in individual local communities. [Article in Croatian].

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Exposure to war and the quality of life of the elderly

Authors:
POREDOŠ Dasa, IVANEC Dragutin
Journal article citation:
Ljetopis Studijskog Centra Socijalnog Rada, 11(1), 2004, pp.43-62.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb
Place of publication:
Zagreb

This research included 200 elderly people, from the age of 60 upwards, in the Croatian cities of Petrinja and Kutina, communities that were 'more' or 'less' exposed to war events. The results of the analysis show that both groups of participants live average-quality lives. However, the participants from Kutina, who were less affected by war, admit to having a better-quality life. The research has also shown that the elderly, during exile, and even now, have been faced with numerous losses and sources of stress, the most significant ones being the loss of their home and previous way of living. They perceive as their greatest problem the uncertainty of the future and forcibly changed life habits. Cumulative effects of different stressors increase the feeling of fear toward the uncertainty of the future. [Article in Croatian].

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The needs of elderly persons for comprehensive community care services

Authors:
HAVELKA Mladen, LUCANIN Jasminka Despot, LUCANIN Damir
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 7(1), 2000, pp.19-27.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

The aim of the research described in this article is to develop models of community care for older people in accordance with a modern European approach adapted to the needs of Croatia.

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Adaption, stress and relocation in old age

Author:
STAMBUK Ana
Journal article citation:
Ljetopis Studijskog Centra Socijalnog Rada, 5,, 1998, pp.105-115.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb
Place of publication:
Zagreb

In this article some ways of adaption in old age are described. [Article in Croatian].

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Groupwork in Croatia: experiences with older refugees

Authors:
AJDUKOVIC Marina, CEVIZOVIC Milena, KONTAK Ksenija
Journal article citation:
Groupwork, 8(1), 1995, pp.34-48.
Publisher:
Whiting and Birch

Elderly refugees are exposed to particularly high risks for their mental health since they are confronted with multiple losses. One of their greatest hardships is loss of their social and emotional support, enhancing more positive orientation towards the present time and the future, can be achieved through different types of groupwork. Four such groups for elderly refugees are described. Implications of these experiences for planning and developing groupwork activities with elderly refugees elsewhere, are discussed.

Journal article

Occupational therapy in geriatrics

Author:
ŠIMUNOVIĆ Dubravka
Journal article citation:
Ljetopis Studijskog Centra Socijalnog Rada, 11(2), 2004, pp.289-299.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb
Place of publication:
Zagreb

This article discusses the role of the occupational therapist in rehabilitation intervention for geriatrics. [Article in Croatian].

Book

Minority elderly care in Europe: country profiles

Editors:
PATEL Naina, (ed.)
Publisher:
Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
232p.
Place of publication:
London

Researchers in ten countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK)  examine 27 minority groups over a three-year period, looking at social and welfare structures, health, employment and living conditions. This project is the first venture to begin compiling information on minority elders on such a scale. While the experiences of each country are distinct, there are undoubtedly similarities that can be drawn in terms of poor access to housing, lower paid employment and a worse state of health. The project involves minority groups who came from former colonial possessions in the post-war period and those who have arrived more recently, fleeing war and dispossession. It also examines the provision of groups who have known no other homeland yet are endemically discriminated against, such as the Roma.

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Possibilities of non-institutional forms of care for elderly people

Author:
BOUILLET Dejana
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 10(3-4), 2003, pp.321-333.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

Presents the results of research from the National Institute for the Protection of Family, Motherhood and Youth conducted in 2002 to evaluate a pilot project and assess non-institutional forms of aid for older people. The research was carried out on a sample of 164 users of the programme. Based on a questionnaire examining the features of the households of older people, which also included general characteristics, their socio-economic status, family structure, health status, special needs, assessment of needs and accessibility of the support services in the local community, as well as satisfaction with the programmes' provisions. Concludes that the programme contributed to the improvement of older people's quality of life. The programme has brought about the employment of a particular group of less easily employable women, and has facilitated the fulfillment of many needs of the programme's beneficiaries, especially in performing everyday domestic chores, satisfying personal hygiene and health demands. Concludes that the programme is a considerable contribution to the realisation of a number of measures of the National Family Policy adopted by the Croatian Government in January 2003. [Article in Croatian].

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Difficulties in employing elderly persons

Author:
KEROVEC Nada
Journal article citation:
Revija Za Socijalnu Politiku Journal of Social Policy, 8(3-4), 2001, pp.267-277.
Publisher:
University of Zagreb

Discusses problems with the employment of older people in Croatia.

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Minority elderly health and social care in Europe: summary findings of the minority elderly care (MEC) project

Editors:
PATEL Naina, (ed.)
Publisher:
Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
Bolton

This report, using data from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Switzerland, is designed to inform and help plan the nature and direction of provision of health and social care services in the years to come. The project has the explicit intention of seeking to draw attention to the needs of minority ethnic (ME) elders and thereby improve the provision of services for them throughout Europe. Key findings showed that family was very important to ME elders in all countries and not surprisingly, most elders preferred to be looked after by their family in their own home. It is apparent that in every country there were significant proportions of ME elders on low incomes which were substantially less than the average incomes for elderly in the country concerned. In all countries there were quite significant proportions who described their general health as poor or very poor and these elders needed more medical treatment. The use of different health and social care services is not uniform across the different ethnic groups and countries. While each country has its own systems and procedures it is apparent that in all countries there are some elders who are failing to gain access to services. There are several things an organisation can do to help ME elders to overcome barriers and gain access to services. For example, information can be provided in appropriate languages, staff can be given training in culture-specific care, or new services may be designed specifically to meet the needs of different ME groups. The report makes several recommendations including the provision of clear information about the rights of the individual in accessing and using health and social care services and in different formats and languages. Adopt a person centred approach to patients and service users. Recognise that certain ethnic groups face particularly strong access barriers. Each of the issues is described in detail for each country included in the report.

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