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Long-term care policy for the elderly in the Zaporozhye Region of Ukraine: a case study of social development following the collapse of communism

PALLEY Howard A., ROMAENKOVA Lyudmyla A.
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Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 16(3), 2004, pp.71-91.
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Reviews the status of social policy for the elderly in Ukraine since the fall of Communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union. The authors specifically address the problem of “rebuilding” an income and services policy for the at-risk elderly after the unraveling of the system that existed prior to the fall of Communism. Also, the authors address some existing problems faced by the elderly in the health care system. Within this context, they present a case study of the current status of long-term care policy for the elderly in one province of Ukraine, the eastern province of Zaporozhye, encompassing the industrial city of Zaporozhye on the Dnieper River. This case study particularly pays attention to current attempts to promote a social development process of long-term care services for the elderly. It examines recent developments with respect to public sector organizations and voluntary sector organizations that are trying to provide necessary services to the needy elderly. With respect to the voluntary sector, the paper pays particular attention to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) model of a largely externally funded NGO that provides comprehensive and integrated social supports, while emphasizing local empowerment and the use of volunteers, for the needy Jewish population in the province of Zaporozhye. Based on these findings, the authors make some proposals regarding the improvement of income and services policy with respect to the elderly in Zaporozhye and Ukraine. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580)


Elderly care: a world perspective

Chapman and Hall
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Contains examples of successful service provision for older people from 40 countries. The case studies are organised into the following sections: care at home; community support; empowerment; participation; fitness and well-being; income generation; environment; integrated services; mental health; training for elder care; organisation of services; and older women.

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