Senior being a burden, life post-production waste or a chance of modernity? (new precariat?) Cover Image

Senior obciążeniem, życiowym odpadem poprodukcyjnym czy szansą współczesności? (nowy prekariat?)
Senior being a burden, life post-production waste or a chance of modernity? (new precariat?)

Author(s): Edward Wiktor Radecki
Subject(s): Welfare systems, Demography and human biology
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Profesjologiczne
Keywords: precariat; the senior policy; exclusion; ageism; Geragogics;

Summary/Abstract: The article is devoted to, resulting from the Polish demographic situation, the problems of social and professional functioning of the elderly. The researchers indicate that this significant and growing number of age group of Poles becomes a member of precariat. Defined as a community of persons who are in a precarious situation, weak economically, excluded from the possibility of professional development. The text contains a preliminary analysis of the correctness of such an assumption, in the context of several of its basic designates. On the background of examples of people achieving above average success already at an older age, showing the low level of economic security, the lack of access to important benefits and services as well as a low level of welfare of Polish seniors. In addition, a review has been made of some important aspects of life and functioning of these people, such as the senior policy, ageism and stigmatization of old age,the level of employment of people over 50 and older, the nature of learning and educational tasks for seniors, the digital exclusion and the potential advantages of seniors. Moreover, a concept of"senior-phobia" has been introduced, understood as the fear of contact with old people. The article ends with conclusions and proposals, and the reflection on the future of senior citizens and everyone in the demographic realities.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 123-144
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish