Poles provide more voluntary care for the 50-plus age group than other EU countries

Polish society is “good at providing voluntary care for older people, for neighbours, family and distant family,” Dr Anna Nicinska, a demographer at Warsaw University told PolandIN.

The academic was discussing a study her team have carried out on aging, along with ING Bank Slaski, looking at aspects such as the ability to live independently at an advanced age and different approaches to care across Europe.

However the study concludes that Poland may need to rethink care provision with the numbers of elderly increasing and the number of children born over the past 25 years dropping

In Poland, like in Spain, voluntary care is the mainstay of elderly care. The 50-plus age group receives more care than the average, due to poorer health. Of the 17 percent of people who need care for basic living needs or assistance for tasks like shopping or dealing with bills and local authorities, 28 percent need that care on a daily basis. The average amount of care provided to that group is 25 hours per week.

In Denmark only four hours is provided on a voluntary basis, with the slack being made up by social services or the private sector.

The effects of aging are in focus in Poland over the past few weeks, as the country, gears up to the launch of a new pension system. The number of elderly people as a proportion of the whole population is growing and will peak in 2045.

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