Social exclusion of the elderly from the system of social protection in the Republic of Macedonia Cover Image

Социјална исклученост на старите лица од системот на социјална заштита во рeпублика Македонија
Social exclusion of the elderly from the system of social protection in the Republic of Macedonia

Author(s): Suzana Bornarova
Subject(s): Civil Society, Welfare systems, Social differentiation, Family and social welfare, Gerontology
Published by: Филозофскиот факултет во Скопје
Keywords: older people; social protection; social services; social protection rights; social exclusion;

Summary/Abstract: The global population aging highlights the problem of social exclusion of older people from all spheres of societal life, including from the social protection system. In R. Macedonia, also undergoing the process of demographic population aging, legislation in itself does not exclude older people from the social protection rights on any basis: nationality, gender, age, rural or urban belonging. However, the practice evidences situations of limited or impeded access to the social protection rights. The overriding obstacles are: complex administrative procedures and unsettled family relations (parents-children relations) that are quite often requirements for enjoyment of a specific social protection right. The lack and the underdevelopment of the forms of social protection anticipated by Law (such as home care and assistance, day care, foster care) results into older people having often only normative, but not concurrently a real access and possibilities to use those services. This situation imposes the need to overcome and eliminate the existing barriers in the practical implementation of the legislative regulations; to promote new forms of protection (non-institutional in the first place); as well as to develop and diversify the pension system in terms of introducing public and private pension schemes to cover diverse social services expenses that may occur in old age.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 34-46
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Macedonian