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Starzejące się społeczeństwo jako wyzwanie dla polityki społecznej i rodzinnej
Ageing society as a challenge for social and family policy

Author(s): Marta Maier
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego we Wrocławiu
Keywords: population ageing; social policy; family policy

Summary/Abstract: In recent years, a disturbing trend of ageing society has been noticed. Demographic trends and their consequences can be seen in Polish population. The changes that are taking place in the country concern the decrease in the number of young people together with the rapid growth of the elderly in the population. The phenomenon of an ageing society is the result of two dominant trends, namely to extend the average duration of human life and fertility decline. The problem of population ageing can lead to the intergenerational conflict. Moreover, the growing dependence of people aged 65+ in relation to people of working age is the growing burden of state budget, the increase in expenditure on pensions, health and longterm care in relation to the elderly. The failure to demographic changes necessitates reforms in social policy and family to adjust to the new state demographic situation. This article deals with the phenomenon of population ageing as one of the challenges that social and family policy must face today, making the necessary transformations within the spirit of their actions.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 401
  • Page Range: 267-274
  • Page Count: 8