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Starość wyzwaniem dla współczesnej cywilizacji
Old age challenge to modern civilization

Author(s): Marek Kluz
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Warszawska Prowincja Redemptorystów
Keywords: old people; dignity; family; the Church; the state; health service; institutions; the present time

Summary/Abstract: Old age and the ageing process itself are probably the most difficult stages in a man’s life. A lot of problematic situations that are quite often present in the old age have a negative impact on a man’s psyche. To make matters worse, the contemporary cultural and civilizational conditions do not make today’s life easier for a man but quite the opposite, they seem to make it even more difficult in fact. The phenomena that can be very worrying in today’s reality is trampling on the dignity of old people. Meanwhile, a sense of worth and dignity is extremely important for everyone, especially for the old because it is one of the most fundamental aspects of human life and thus all people deserve it. In order to meet the challenges of the present time, it is necessary to provide support for old people by giving them information, providing moral, spiritual, emotional and financial help as well as assistance in the performance of everyday activities. Therefore, the aim of this publication is to illustrate the value and dignity of an old man and tasks that family, the Church, the state, health service and other institutions must fulfill in relation to old people. Provided support increases a sense of security, ensures an identity of the individual, stimulates the desired action, and also helps in removing all barriers of discrimination that objectively make old age onerous and often push the old to the margins of life.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 315-332
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish